Weisman gala draws student partiers

Students packed the lobby of the Weisman Art Museum on Friday night for the museum’s tenth annual Funk at the Fred, a back-to-school social event.

The event’s title comes from Frederick Weisman, after whom the museum is named.

Approximately 100 students mingled inside, while representatives from Boynton Health Service passed out sexual-health fliers.

After arriving when doors opened at 6:30, first-year student Brad Winer stood by the door looking at paintings.

“We were too early, dude,” he told a friend.

Winer said he did not know who was performing and did not care.

“I came to meet chicks,” he said.

Besides free food and the possibility of hooking up, students said they were also drawn by three local music acts. Between performances, the crowd swelled outside to socialize and smoke cigarettes.

“The party’s out here,” said Melissa Cook, who was on campus visiting a friend in Sanford Hall. “I could care less about what’s going on in there.”

Inside, several students, including sophomore Emily Schock, wandered the museum to look at artwork.

“This is a cool place,” Schock said. “It’s not an obvious place to have a concert, but it works.”

Ellen Anderson, a first-year student, said the event was a chance to unwind.

“I thought the first week (of college) was going to be crazy. I thought it was going to be all parties and guys,” she said. Instead, she spent most of the week worrying about financial aid and homework, she said.

“This is the first chance I’ve gotten to have a little fun,” Anderson said.

As the evening’s headliners – local hip-hop group Unknown Prophets – took the stage inside, Winer surveyed the scene one last time. When asked if he had found what he was looking for, he flicked a cigarette to the ground and said, “I don’t know what to tell you, dude.”