“What’s a Seawolf?… I’m a Seawolf! … And Seawolves, what is your profession?… Awoo! Awoo! Awoo!” were the words that resonated throughout the crowd at the 7th Annual Seawolves Showcase on Friday night.
The event on Staller Steps was full of entertainment and Stony Brook pride the night before the annual Homecoming game.
“The goal and intent was to provide a forum for our students to come together in a dynamic and high energy way, as a community to get energy up and spirits high to kick-start Homecoming weekend,” Christine Noonan, coordinator for weekend programs and major events, said.
The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band riled up the crowd with a rendition of the popular Walk the Moon tune “Shut Up and Dance” and the school’s fight song. The Stony Brook Dance Team kept the energy alive with the new dance craze “Juju on that Beat” alongside Wolfie.
Performers were asked what being a Seawolf means.
“Being a proud advocate of what Stony Brook stands for, seeing the beauty in everyone and embracing the differences,” performer Christina Penna, a senior psychology major and president of Cadence Step Team, said.
The night before, Penna also performed at Wolfstock Creative Explosion as she ran for Homecoming Queen.
Vincenza Bartolillo, a Stony Brook Dance Team member and junior psychology major, said that being a Seawolf means being a well-rounded individual.
“If we aren’t practicing in the studio, we’re in the library studying or partaking in events with other organizations,” Bartolillo said. “Joining the team really helps us become involved with the Stony Brook community and allows us to show how proud we are of being a Seawolf.”
Other groups that performed include Stony Brook Bhangra, CASB Dance Team, PUSO Modern and Le Afrique Dance Team.
The night was not limited to dance groups. The Stony Brook Pipettes, Stony Brook High C’s and Stony Brook Vocalists took the stage and excited the crowd with their a cappella performances.
“The group as a whole is super grateful to be a part of a community that wants to showcase everyone else,” Teri Vieira, Stony Brook Vocalists secretary and junior psychology major, said.
Stony Brook Football players also made an appearance and hyped up the crowd for the Homecoming game with fun dance moves.
“The crowd was amazing, man,” Mike Barber, who emceed along with DJ Spynfo, said. “Every year, Stony Brook just shows us so much love and it’s so easy to show it back.”
“I love the hype! The spirit is so nice to see,” Julia Hagiel, freshman biochemistry major, said.
By the end of the Seawolves Showcase, students were ready for game day.