Residents of the Shire Mods rose up in friendly competition as they gathered on Shire Lawn Sunday to watch the first annual Shire Music Video Awards.
Students dressed according to their individual courts’ themes and arrived at the makeshift red carpet event with excitement and anticipation to watch the final videos. Each court submitted to a panel of resident directors an original video of a popular song to vie for the the yearlong title of “Best Music Video.” The second- and third-place winners chosen by popular vote of the residents.
The winner of this year’s Shire MVA’s was F Court with its rendition of Disney Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”. Residents celebrated as they received the golden trophy of an antique film recorder as well as a free pizza party for the entire court.
“This event [was] a great way for us to get familiar with each other, to have fun together, and to breathe a little bit of a sense of pride, for lack of a better word, in our own living area – to make it fun to live in F Court,” said junior international business major and F Court Resident Adviser Brian Jessup. “It really [was] a dandy old time filming a crazy music video together.”
Shire resident directors Adam Higginbotham and Cara Jones agreed the event was an opportunity for the Shire Mods residents to step outside their comfort zones and get to know people they may not have known before.
“We had this event early on in the year in the hope that it would give the courts a chance to get to know each other,” said Higginbotham, RD of Shire West. “It [gave] the residents a chance to find out the different strengths of people in their court.”
“Even though we were pretty close before the music video, this definitely made us even closer because we bonded over all of our weirdness,” sophomore economics major Christian Murakami said.