Set Friday returns to ‘the Set’ – The Famuan

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Set Friday on set. Photo courtesy: Jazlen Patrick

It’s a new school year and that means a full year of the revered Set Friday. But this time, it’s back on “the set”.

We asked and they listened. On Friday, Florida A&M University hosted “Rock the set: Return to the set.”

Last year, FAMU opened its new amphitheater, the Will Packer Performing Arts Amphitheater, and decided to hold Set Fridays there. There were many reasons the university did this, but one of the main ones was that the amphitheater allowed students to disperse amid an ever-blooming pandemic.

The Switch received mixed reviews, but it’s safe to say that students were thrilled to experience Set Friday again in the traditional way, on the actual set.

Reanna Wilson, a fourth-year architecture student in San Antonio, Texas, said it was great to be back on the real set.

“I really like seeing the campus come together for fun,” Wilson said.

Zachary Bell, a fourth-year business administration student and student body president, said Set Friday back on set felt like a blast from the past.

“I completely remembered my first year before COVID-19 seeing the culture of the set, seeing the nine divine organizations, seeing the modeling troupes and seeing the dance troupes, everyone is back in the same place said Bell.

Much like the move, Set Friday stayed true to its theme. Students encountered vendors selling a range of items from FAMU paraphernalia to jewelry and other trinkets, and everyone’s favorite, Irie Ice. It was sure to keep everyone cool on a scorching hot afternoon.

Wilson said she particularly enjoyed seeing vintage FAMU clothing.

As always, DJ Loosekid hosted the event, playing everyone’s favorite boardwalk songs. Bell said FAMU unit rides are his favorite part of Set Fridays.

“Whatever Greek organization you belong to, whatever modeling troupe, dance troupe or social organization, it doesn’t matter – everyone loves doing the FAMU rides “, Bell said. “That’s my favorite part of the set, seeing everyone line dancing and having a good time.”

This specific Set Friday, however, featured booths with Xfinity giving away free items and allowing students to take short videos using their 360 camera booth. FAMU alum Elijah Rutland created a mural from FAMU for Xfinity’s 2022 HBCU Tour which the students also had the opportunity to sign.

This Set Friday also featured musical performances from local artists such as rapper Big Mali.

“I try to cherish those moments on campus, especially as a senior and trying to make up for lost time on the hill. It’s great to be back on set,” said A’nia Lanier, a fourth-year physical therapy student, when asked what it was like to be back on set.

It’s unclear whether or not Set Fridays will continue to happen every Friday or if they’ll take place on the actual set again, but hopes are high for this new school year.

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