Campus & Community

Stevens Spirit Comes Alive at a Rocking and Grooving Tech Fest

DJ Spanky, a staple on tri-state area airwaves and nightclubs, and Sammy Adams, an up-and-coming hip hop artist who has opened for Drake, Nicki Minaj and Ludacris, headlined Stevens’ annual fall student-run festival, Tech Fest, held Sept. 27 and 28 on campus.

Historically, Tech Fest has been one of the biggest student events at Stevens. Last year’s event, “Return to Glory,” set a high standard by drawing more than 700 participants to a raucous, DJ-led music and dance party.

“Last year was a great step in revitalizing Tech Fest and we tried to build on that success and set the bar as high as possible for future years to come,” said Anthony Montufar ’15, one of the Tech Fest organizers.

The group, including students involved in the Entertainment Committee, Student Government Association and Sigma Nu fraternity, set out to create an event that appealed to the largest number of the student body possibly. They brought in two big names in entertainment and put together a varied and exciting weekend of music and activities that anyone could enjoy.

“We wanted to give the students a great weekend to look forward to and create memories that will last a lifetime,” said Montufar.

On Friday evening, approximately 1,000 participants partied to “College Paint Blast” with DJ Spanky. Combining house music, light works, CO2 and neon paint, it was a high-octane, unforgettable night at Stevens.

Saturday afternoon, River Terrace was transformed into a “boardwalk,” where more than 500 students played boardwalk games, sat for caricatures, enjoyed musicians, spray painters, and air brush and sand art artists, and captured their memories in a photo booth.

Finally, Sammy Adams took the stage after opening act DJ Chris K and closed the night with a roof-raising performance in front of a large and ecstatic crowd of 1200.

“TechFest 2013 will live on far into the future and be remembered for the paint party, boardwalk, and Sammy!” said Montufar.

Photo credit: Phong Lai