OBU Black Box Provides Decades of Fun

Oklahoma Baptist University students can flash back to past decades this year with new themes for the University Concert Series' Black Box events, which will reflect decades ranging from the '30s to the '70s. The events, which begin Sept. 26 for OBU students, are named to reflect their setting in the black box theatre in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center on campus.

In the past, Black Box has been a formal affair with music from OBU's Jazz Band. However, this year's University Concert Series (UCS) leadership, led by senior Stephanie Sanders and junior Ryan Rudebock, has proposed a new style for the event.

"The fresh approach we are taking to Black Box is in hopes of getting more students involved in the activities UCS provides," said Karissa Manning, an OBU junior and member of UCS.

The various themes are an effort to spice up the old way of producing Black Box events as well as to create an atmosphere for students to get away from their studies for a night and have fun by showing their creative side.

"I love providing fun and interesting activities for the student body," Sanders said.

Although different elements will play into the production of Black Boxes, the fundamental aspects will remain the same. As before, students are asked to dress up and the OBU Jazz Band will perform, but the songs they play will gear toward the particular night's decade theme.

The UCS leadership is anxious to see what the upcoming year holds for the organization.

"My plans are to work with the veteran UCS members on continuing to give our fellow OBU students fun and enjoyable events to go to while on campus," Rudebock said.