The out of service CATA bus outside the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday evening was far from out of service as it had several passengers and a driver.
Painted on the front right window of the bus were “THON,” “FTK” and the Four Diamonds logo. This was not a regularly scheduled CATA bus with regular passengers.
Inside the bus people were chanting, dancing and clapping their hands. After the chant, they all ran out of the bus and into the cold night air while shouting “THON! THON! THON!” to the rhythm of LMFAO’s “Shots.”
But that was only a rehearsal.
Within an hour, about 12 volunteers, including three children and one CATA bus driver, made a video for THON’s Global Line Dance.
“The point in making the video was to show everybody, wherever they are, that they can come dance with us at 6:45 on Saturday,” said Kimberly Stogdill, the bus driver.
After a few rounds of practice, a cameraman stood several yards away from the bus and started recording different takes of the rehearsed scene.
Kayla Wallace (senior-advertising), a friend of Stogdill, said she was excited to help coordinate and participate in making the video.
“THON is on of the most important things during the school year,” she said. “I hope [the video] keeps growing from here and I hope it becomes tradition for CATA.”
Although, Stogdill said she came up with the idea randomly Monday, the short time it took to gather volunteers and make the video did not hinder the group from making the video in time.
“I think it was neat to bring a bunch of people together who didn’t know each other, learn part of the line dance and make a video within an hour,” Nick Keesey, Stogdill’s brother, said. “We all have one goal and that is to help the kids fight cancer.”
Keesey (freshman-economics) also said that CATA plans to submit the video to help promote THON and that CATA contributed by supplying the bus for the video.
The video is the first from CATA to show support for THON. Stogdill said that CATA plans to make videos for THON annually and, “I hope to make it a little bigger each year.”