Brandon Bapst, junior computer science and business major, is hosting Nike Airband this year along with senior exercise science major Brian Stone. Bapst is also a member of the reigning Nike Airband champion act after “High School Musical” walked away with the Golden Sneakers in 2015. He also thinks this year’s acts may be even better than last year, and he believes the competition has reached a new level. Get to know Bapst here before going to Nike Airband April 1 at 8:23 p.m. in the Johnson Center!
Bapst: Definitely the community. There’s nothing like it. You can’t find the relationships you build here anywhere else.
Aviso: How has basketball impacted your experience?
Bapst: I think being part of a team with a common goal and finding the different skills that have to come together to achieve those goals is a valuable lesson to be learned. You can’t do it alone in sports, and that’s a valuable lesson for life.
Aviso: What is something you really like about Nike Airband?
Bapst: Airband is the best representation of Malone and what we’re about. I think each year continues to get better and better. It’s cool to see how many people want to get involved because it captures so many different personalities and talents. It’s toward the end of the year, and it’s something people look forward to all year long.
Aviso: Why did you want to host Nike Airband this year?
Bapst: I thought last year was a great show, but it gets better every year, and I wanted to be involved in a different way. I wanted to do something different and continue to be a part of Airband without being in an act.
Aviso: Tell me about some of the changes to the event.
Bapst: This year we’re supporting a great cause. World Relief presents a great opportunity to contribute to an organization that is having an impact on a real-time event. We’re able to help through Airband. The show is also a suit & tie event, which is a little bit different than in years past. It’s a high class event with high class performances, and we think the dress should be similar. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a suit & tie, but dressing up a bit can add a different feel to the event along with the red carpet.
Aviso: What are you most excited about for the event as a host?
Bapst: I’m really excited about how many different people are getting involved. We’re really trying to show off the different talents we have across campus through individual acts or transitions between acts. Everybody’s going to know somebody in the show this year. It allows people to have a connection with the show. I think it’s going to be the best show yet.
Alicia Meyer is the Copy Editor for The Aviso