NACA and the Curious Case of the Pájaro

Besides for Orange Umbrella, us Oranges are involved in other on-campus organizations, like myself! First semester of my freshman year, I joined Hurricane Productions Concerts as a general body member. This past month, I became the VP! With this position comes a lot of responsibility, such as budgeting and large-scale planning, so I want to be sure that I can give it my best. With that being said, I decided to take a 7-day spa getaway in Bermuda to clear my mind. Well, sorta. If 7-day is code for 4-day, a spa getaway is a student activities convention, and Bermuda is slang for Boston, then I can confirm Bermuda was a blast. 

I know you’re probably laughing uncontrollably after that line, so I’ll save you the side pains and get on with it.

I got back today from the National Association of Campus Activities’s (NACA) convention in Boston, where students from around the country involved with campus planning came together to learn how to advance student engagement at their schools. For example, I attended info sessions revolving around planning a themed week, to how to book talent for concerts.

But the best part about going to NACA has to be the showcases. Various acts, from comedians, to musicians, to even magicians, present their acts in front of all schools to show off their talent and hopefully get a booking. Many cool acts were there, like the Plain White Tees! However, there is one act that will go down in NACA history; an act that caused a full-scale evacuation of the auditorium and a delay-of-show: Elliot Zimmet. 

For those of you who don’t know who the amazing Elliot Zimmet is, he’s an illusionist. The end… well I wish. For his last trick, he pulled a large bird out of thin air. Pretty cool, right? Nope. Since the tech crew pulled the lights as the bird popped in from another dimension, it flew around in confusion for a bit before landing on one of the stage lights for safe haven. After Elliot then saying “That’s fine I’ll get him later, thank you all so much!” and leaving the stage, people were left confused yet entertained with the candidness of the mess-up. A stage manager then came out and told everyone there would be a delay-of-show as the crew tires to get the bird down. Then, not even 120 seconds later, the same stage manager asked for the whole auditorium to be evacuated so that the crew can act more efficiently. 

After clearing the room, it only took about 5 minutes to retrieve the animal successfully. But now, when someone asks me what I learned at NACA, I’ll make sure to tell them that birds are scared of the dark.