Polk State College Students Get In On 'Harlem Shake' Internet Trend
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.
On Thursday afternoon, students at Polk State College couldn't make out what they were seeing.
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WHAT: Polk State College's "Harlem Shake" video.
One guy was wearing a banana costume, others were wearing crazy balloon hats. As music started to play through a sound system, things went crazy when it was time to "Do the Harlem Shake."
Polk State College has joined the Harlem Shake Internet phenomenon. The Student Activities and Leadership Office recorded the online video Thursday and Friday on the Winter Haven campus and will upload it to YouTube tonight.
"It's 30 seconds of complete stupidity," said Victoria Lightsey, 19, a student at PSC.
The Harlem Shake is an internet meme, a popular Internet inside-joke, which features the song "Harlem Shake" by electronic musician Baauer.
In a half-minute video, a person dances by himself, usually wearing a helmet or costume, or with a small group of people nearby who are minding their own business. Then the place goes crazy when the song says "Do the Harlem Shake." Usually the place will be flooded with people wearing crazy costumes and dancing uncontrollably.
The Harlem Shake started to spread around the Web in February, and thousands of videos were uploaded from universities, workplaces and sports teams, such as the Florida Southern College Women's Basketball team.
Carlos Parra, director of student life at the PSC Winter Haven campus, wanted to do a PSC version. Parra wanted this video to be different from other versions so he included a foam pit and water slide.
More than 100 students heeded the call, showing up in costume and acting crazy for the camera.
Some of the memorable costumes included Deadpool from the Marvel comics and the return of Vic the Viking, the school's mascot when Polk State College was Polk Community College.
"It's the same things that we saw in other videos from across the state, so seeing our students participate at the same level is what a student activities office here hopes to accomplish," Parra said after the video shoot. "We want them to have the same type of experiences they do at all the other schools locally."
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