East Carolina University’s Yacht Club and African Student Organization (ASO) will host the official back to school party, Jungle Fever IV, on Saturday at 10 p.m.
Jungle Fever was created in November 2015 originally as the official after-party for ASO’s annual Cultural Explosion event according to Toya Osuegbu, senior family and community service major and ASO president.
“We (ASO) decided to team up with Yacht Club because their specialty is planning and hosting events,” Osuegbu said. “They have done a great job with all their events that they held last semester and they also have a large following that we wanted to bring out. They are a great org to collaborate with as well.”
DJ K Grady will be the main DJ at the event and people can expect to hear a mixture of hip-hop, R&B, throwbacks, afrobeat and Caribbean music from him.
Sydney Williams, senior nutrition and public health double major and Yacht Club president, said DJ K Grady sets always have a good mixture of music and his popularity in the Greenville area can bring people from different North Carolina schools together.
“DJ K Grady is one of the best DJs in the area. His sets always have a good mix of throwback 90s songs, current music, and African music,” Williams said. “He is a popular DJ and promoter in the 252 as well as in Greensboro with a great following which we felt would be able to bring people from different schools in North Carolina.”
The goal of the event is to start the spring semester on a positive note, according to Williams. The event is aimed to give students a safe place to have fun, meet new people, and meet up with friends that they missed over the break.
Williams said the school year comes and goes quickly and this will be the first event to get people excited for the new year. Yacht Club and ASO would like to create unity on campus and in the Greenville community.
“We really want to create more unity on our campus and in our community, so this is a perfect time and opportunity to start that. Everyone loves coming to the student rec because it’s convenient and the staff is always pleasant to work with,” Williams said.
Myiah Neuman, junior graphic design major, said she is excited to attend Jungle Fever because ASO is one of her on-campus organizations and it’s the first time they have ever hosted a party and is excited to see what they do with it.
“I think the music will probably be more different because we are used to the same two DJs usually at all the ECU on-campus parties, but this DJ (DJ K Grady) is not from Greenville,” Neuman said. “We are used to the same flow, what type of music will be played and what time in the night, so the style will probably be a little different too.”
Tickets are $10 and will increase to $15 on the day of the party. Students must have their student ID to enter the event. Tickets can be brought at the Central Ticket office in the ECU student center or can be purchased online at tickets.ecu.edu.