'Flash Mob' hits UNCW's Randal Library

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – More than 2,000 students filled Randal Library on the campus of UNCW Tuesday night for a "flash mob."

A flash mob is a term used for gathering a large group of people suddenly in a public place to perform an unusual act for a brief time and then leave.

UNCW students took a break from studying to gather in the library at 9:00 p.m. for a quick dance party.  Nearly every inch of the building was filled.

Several students captured the event on mobile phones and posted them on YouTube.  Justin Sonnett and Josh Harcus/Magik Productions made the video to the right to show the entire flash mob dance.

The following statement was released from UNCW regarding the flash mob:

Last night, a group of UNCW students held a "flash rave" in Randall Library, which drew a large number of participants. The event was planned by students communicating through Facebook without university support or approval. Such "flash raves" have become common on college campuses as a means for students to decompress during finals week. UNC Chapel Hill and NC State have reported similar events over the past several years. While UNCW encourages students to use appropriate and positive outlets for stress management, we balance support of their free expression with a concern for safety. Whenever large groups convene in tight quarters, there are inherent risks to people and property. Once notified of last night's event, campus police were on the scene to monitor the activity, provide security and ensure that students dispersed in a safe, orderly manner.

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