The ‘Harlem Shake’ comes to CSUN

Cynthia Gomez

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About 150 students gathered in front of the Oviatt Library Monday afternoon to participate in a viral YouTube sensation known as the Harlem Shake.

“I’ve seen the videos and thought they were really entertaining,” said Kanika Vig, public health major. “Once I saw the invite from CSUN students, I had to run to see what was happening.”

Students wore costumes, such as a banana, a cowboy, Batman and even a custom made Deadmau5 mask. One of the students, wearing a hot dog costume, was an alumnus who heard about the event through Facebook and was eager to participate.

Russell Nygaard, who graduated with a music industry degree last semester, came running in his hot dog suit to be part of the video.

“I think it’s amazing that the song itself is able to make so much money and since I work for a music publishing company and this is my alma mater I felt like I needed to be a part of it,” Nygaard said.

The song “Harlem Shake” was created by a Brooklyn dance music producer named Baauer.

A Facebook event invite created by Chris Jackson, Rick Andrews, Josh Lin, Supo Yikes Ojeikere, Joshua Kelfer, and Konrad Sedochenkoff, was sent out on Sunday morning where more than 400 students confirmed they were attending.

The invite said there could be more than one video, adding that the first video would be the most popular. However, some students who attended the event disagreed with the turnout and students’ performances.

“It was better than what other schools are uploading because they seem more energized, but they didn’t do (the dance) right,” said Jacqueline Meza, civil engineering major.

CSUN Harlem Shake

About 150 students gathered in front of the Oviatt Library Monday afternoon to participate in a viral YouTube sensation known as the Harlem Shake.

Storified by Daily Sundial· Tue, Feb 19 2013 07:55:10

CSUN students dance ‘Harlem Shake’ in front of Oviatt Librarydailysundial
Harlem Shake CSUN (Official)KonradShitsGold
My prayers have been answered! #harlemshake #csun http://instagr.am/p/V0wvktC1Pg/???? ??????
Had to head to class but the crowd is forming! Lol #CSUN #harlemshake #filming #letsgocsun #matadors #haha #LMFAO #funnyshit #oviatt #libraryAshley To
@csunstarsonline about to do #harlemshake at #CSUN. #scholarships #MatadorDollarDay http://pic.twitter.com/oL1cA2TBJoey Ortega ?_??
Harlem shake at CSUN @melinda27ramirez #tight #baller #harlemshake #CSUNbola913
#HarlemShake at #CSUN lol #OviattLibrary http://pic.twitter.com/5y8E31D3Andrew
#CSUN #HarlemShake hope it comes out good. Think it should! http://pic.twitter.com/sdiRoeEZRaffi Khechoumian
The Harlem Shake just happened at CSUN! #HarlemShake #CSUN @ Oviatt Library http://instagr.am/p/V44R8ABLTJ/Toby Crafton
Engaged in #HarlemShake at #CSUN, wearing #Morphsuit – good timesMathew Domenichini
Harlem Shake: CSUN, President’s day editionKrista Parker
#CSUN #HARLEMSHAKE #haha #wegetdown #igdaily #college #mondayMarlon Begue
What the!! #harlemshake at #csun ! Wasn’t really that greatJuanito Ibanez
Lol #csun #Harlemshake Marquis W
The making of CSUN Harlem Shake video.Vince Palaganas
I get out of class and all I see is people breaking it down to a Harlem Shake music video in front of the Oviatt Library on campus!!! #twerkteam #csun #NorthRage #ratchetswelcomed #cluboviatt #myschoolgetsdown #harlemshake #videogibbsmoney
Csun "Harlem Shake" edition #csun #harlemshake #newcraze #howdoyouparty #igers #instadaily #iphonesia #party #hard #youtubeArielle Nadja
@jennsy323 @sharonxbby Just did the Harlem Shake video at #Csun. lolLinda (????)
@tauomegarho Rollin deep to #csun Harlem shake in front of the #oviattlibrary ! Catch the hotdog and cow running around campus! @m8b8 @top_johnny @alan_gately @brianm28 @a_medina14 @stephen3494 @tallguyroney @jon_jones_23 photocred to @natmichelle24 !!! #tauomegarho #fraternity #greek #aopi #deltazeta #phimu #axid #alphaphi #tridelt #kappakappagamma #harlemshake #video #brotherhood #strengthinbrotherhoodnotinnumbers #youmadJosh Lin(DJ Kamikaze)
View from the library!! You know just doing the Harlem Shake! Making history! Catch me in the video! ASHLIE MODABBER
Monday’s Harlem Shake video was not the first Harlem shake video made at CSUN, although it was the largest.
Harlem Shake (Lounge Edition)jojogr2
HARLEM SHAKE!!! [CSUN EDITION]dublininctv
The craze seems to be catching on with CSUN’s Greek system as well.
CSUN Sigma Chi Harlem Shakesebyplatner
CSUN SigEp Harlem Shake_kDwX_LvrXeNHM8TxJVXFg
Harlem Shake – ??? – Alpha Xi Deltacharlotte small
What do make of the Harlem Shake viral video craze? Tweet us your thoughts @dailysundial #csunharlemshake .