The Hits by Her was an event dedicated to celebrating women’s empowerment for women’s history month. Students and faculty competed against each other by singing songs by women in the music industry for T-shirt prizes.
DeVante Wynn, co-Advisor for D.R.E.A.M.S. said, “March is Women’s History Month so what better way to end March than an event focused on how women changed the music industry. “Hits by Her” is a fun way to pay homage to the talented women who used their musical talent to leave their impression on our world.”
The atmosphere of the event was lively and the students enjoyed one another’s performances. The event started off with Courtney Haynes, junior and early childhood education major and faculty member, Drew Childers, performing a classic, “You’re Gonna Love Me” by Jennifer Holiday. The rest of the performances were diverse and selections ranged from modern day female artists to a song from “Frozen”. Danielle Lynn Pray, Jada Hubbard and Jaleya Mosley set the atmosphere by performing “Cater to You,” by Destiny’s Child, with their boyfriends.
Some performers went more than once by themselves and with groups of friends. Haynes was one of the lively students that was a crowd favorite. She performed “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama ,a crowd favorite, with Pittman and friends. Amidst the hype, there was also a touching moment when Christian Hill, graduate student and marketing director for D.R.E.A.M.S. performed a love song (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Lauryn Hill) to his girlfriend. Hill said, “I just wanted my lovely girlfriend to feel special. I wanted her to see that, in my eyes, nothing else was more important than seeing her smile. It was just an opportunity for me to really really make her happy.”
A Disney Channel song seemed to be one of the favorites of the night. Tori Windmiller and Luke Williams performed “Love is an Open Door” from the movie “Frozen”.
“My favorite performance of the night was Tori and Luke, they caught me off guard especially when they switched roles. I loved it,” said Pray, senior and biology major. ,.
Nerves may have been running rampant among the performers but it did not show because there was a lot of audience participation and support. “I was super nervous, but when we started it was super fun. Everyone was great and I loved the event!” said Windmiller, junior and early childhood education major. “I was especially nervous. I’m a relatively reserved and chill person. Getting up there in front of everyone was definitely one of the most extroverted things I’ve ever done, said Christian Hill, director of marketing for D.R.E.A.M.S.”
Pray, Hubbard and Mosley won the first place prize (first opportunity to choose T-shirts) and Haynes won the second place opportunity to pick T-shirts.
Erin Laas, sophomore and communication and media studies major expressed that she loves how Reinhardt brings people together by hosting these creative events.
“I’m glad that our event was able to generate a diverse crowd . We had people of all classifications, majors, sports, and ethnicity present. We were able to bring everyone together and have a great time, said Hill.”
Written by: Deborah Dahn. Photo credits: Deborah Dahn & Jada Hubbard.