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THON Entertainment Committee Engages Crowd In New Ways

Whether it’s immersing yourself in the rich history of THON by looking through the museum or trying to get a squad to play pickup mini basketball, THON has much to do and see throughout the weekend. But with 46 hours to fill, you can get tired of things pretty easily.

That’s where the THON Entertainment committee comes in. They work hard to make sure all the huddled masses yearning to breath THON are happy, content, and more importantly — not bored.

Jonathan Ringenbach is the THON 2018 entertainment director and has made it his mission to engage the crowd more this year. Through new, more interactive ways of getting the crowd involved, the Entertainment Committee has put forth a slew of new events and games for everyone to get into.

“With stuff like the car race and Family Feud, along with the dab cam, we wanted to make the crowd feel more involved,” Ringenbach said.

Ringenbach’s favorite addition this year was the Four Diamonds light sticks handed out during MisterWives’s opening performance on Friday.

“(It) made the crowd feel involved as a cohesive unit,” Ringenbach said. “We worked with Four Diamonds for the light sticks and we felt like it would help remind people of what THON was about during the performance. We wanted to make them feel as one.”

So far, Ringenbach has been happy with the way that the crowd has interacted with the new methods.

“We’re proud of the way that we’ve engaged with the crowd and how the crowd has responded,” he said.

With events like the red vs. blue car race and Family Feud making the crowd a part of the entertainment through their interactiveness, expect more of the same throughout THON 2018 and future THONs.

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Matt Paolizzi

Matt is a freshman majoring in Secondary Education, hoping to minor in philosophy, and is from the fabled land of "just outside Philly." He'll gladly talk your ear off about anything from Picasso to Wu-Tang Clan and lives and dies by Philly sports. Send him seething rants and death threats at [email protected]


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