Cameron Pearson, Teddy Widmer, Dan DeLestry, and Jacob Gallagher performed the "Jingle Bell Rock" scene from the movie "Mean Girls." The group won the first place prize of $300 at AirJam on Oct. 11, 2016 in the Reif Gymnasium. (Cable Photo/Josie Steller)

Air Jam Kicks Off Homecoming Week

Matt Maybon

Now on its second year of running, Air Jam – a lip sync battle – took place in the Reif Gymnasium Tuesday, Oct. 12. The gym was set up with a stage in the center and two projectors on each side that displayed the events on stage. Air Jam began with students lining up for a slice of free pizza. After everyone ate and settled, the show began.

While some technical difficulties ensued, the first performers began the show with a song from the movie “Pitch Perfect.” The women’s basketball team reenacted the scene of a riff battle between the two rival a capella groups. The singers went off in a back and forth style performance highlighting several different musical categories.

A panel of judges were selected to review the different groups that performed throughout the show. One of them was a former St. Scholastica student, Michael Jackson. After each group performed, the judges were asked to share their thoughts on how they did.

The hosts of the show, Harris Dirnberger and Anthony Boe, introduced activities for audience members to participate in. These included ‘Best Air Guitar Performance,’ a twist on the game of musical chairs, a twerking contest, and others.

Some highlights from the show included a group of four students who performed the song “Walk This Way.” In the middle of their performance, one singer, dressed only in a tie and pants,
revealed that his pants were tear-away ones, and proceeded to run around the gym in just his underwear. Another group called “The Hot RAs,” composed of actual campus RAs, performed “Call Me Maybe,” holding up signs with the phone numbers to call RAs on duty in Somers Hall and the apartments.

One student, Sam Wollin, commented on how she felt about this year’s show compared to last year’s. “I actually liked the show better last year, I felt it was funnier. I feel like the judges need to be more involved because they could only say one word [to each performance],” said Wollin.

Regardless of how this year’s Air Jam compared to the previous year, it was still a night filled with laughs, prizes, and was a fun way to start out Homecoming week.