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Ride 'em Cowboy!

Written by Christopher Lisee

First-year exploratory major Dan Tappan hangs on tight at IC After Dark's Urban Cowboy event. Photo by Mike Grippi '10

It was nine seconds before Edward Odio '13 slipped out of the saddle. The crowd clapped as he hopped up -- few people lasted that long on the mechanical bull.

“I’ve never done that before,” said Edward, who lives in the Bronx. "I loved it! It was a lot of fun.”

Fuse's own Alyssa Figueroa '12 dishes out some luck at the poker tables.

Fuse's own Alyssa Figueroa '12 dishes out some luck at the poker tables. Photo by Mike Grippi '10

Mechanical bull riding was one of the most popular events at IC After Dark’s Urban Cowboy event Saturday, September 12. Cowboys and girls could also play blackjack, line dance, and compete in sack races.

Video by Alyssa Figueroa '12

There was free food and prizes, plus your choice of beer -- root or ginger.

Stephanie Mercado '13 and Rosalee Gelpi '13, both from Manhattan, hope to become actual urban cowgirls -- both plan to join the equestrian team.

"I have  a lot of family out west, so I’ve always had these romantic visions of horseback riding in the Rockies," said Rosalee. "I love old western movies, but I’m from Manhattan."

The slippery plastic saddle of the mechanical bull, though, is nothing like a genuine leather saddle. Though these equestrian hopefuls had trouble holding on, they fell down laughing.

Urban Cowboy is one of eight themed events IC After Dark plans each year. In addition to good times, free food, and a chance to win prizes, IC After Dark also offers students and opportunity to get involved in the campus community.

IC After Dark member Madeline Smith '10 joined IC After Dark during the fall of her sophomore year and became a board member that spring.

"I really liked the things they were doing," she said. "I agree with the mission statement. I think it’s a nice thing to offer on campus, the way that there are events for people to go to. And everything’s free."



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