Thunder Crew goes ‘Gangnam’Thunder Crew, the student spirit section, is making its own rendition of the YouTube sensation “Gangnam Style” by Psy to promote Thunder Crew events and, more importantly, school spirit.
Sophomore chemistry major David Robeson came up with the idea while listening to music one night.
“I was listening to music while doing homework and ‘Gangnam Style’ came on and for whatever reason, I remembered this video I saw on SportsCenter, sometime, of the Oregon Duck mascot dancing to the song,” Robeson said. “So, I looked it up again and I guess it just hit me that Thunder should do it, and then I realized that because I’m on the Thunder Crew Executive Board, I had the right connections.”
The video will feature GC’s mascot, Thunder, around various hotspots on campus interacting with students and faculty while performing dance numbers from the music video for “Gangnam Style.”
Thunder Crew has also been lucky to receive a lot of support from various clubs and organizations on campus, including the Sassy Cats dance team, GC cheerleading squad and the Student Government Association, who will be featured in the video.
Increasing membership numbers is important to Thunder Crew, but their main objective is to promote school spirit, which they hope to achieve through this video.
“We are hoping that people can see this video and think, ‘Wow that looks like fun! How can I get involved?’” Vice President of Thunder Crew Mark Moughamian said. “But we are really doing this to have fun with Thunder and promote school spirit and Bobcat Athletics. Those always come first.”
Moughamian and Thunder Crew President Tyler Kemp did the majority of the work for the video on their own. Past videos from Thunder Crew have been made by students in the Department of Mass Communication.
“The new videos are different from the ones we have done in the past because we are doing everything ourselves and not letting the mass communication department do it,” Kemp said. “So, I am proud to say we made it all by ourselves.”
Filming was still taking place at the end of last week. Kemp and Moughamian say the video will be released on Oct. 3.
The video will be uploaded to Thunder Crew’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
Kemp is enthusiastic about the video and is eager to do more videos of this sort if it gains a good response on campus.
“Once we complete the video and everyone sees it I just hope people like it,” Kemp said. “If people like what we are making, it encourages us to make more videos”
The song itself has over 200 million views on YouTube, which is why Moughamian is confident that the video will be well received on campus.
“I feel that the both the students and staff at GC will love the video,” Moughamian said. “The song is catchy and everyone loves Thunder. It’s a win-win for us.”