| Screen shot of “Wilma’s Anthem”
“To the left, to the left. When your omelet’s done it’ll be to the left” rings the creative chorus of “Wilma’s Anthem,” a YouTube music video made by two Columbia students to celebrate their John Jay dining experience.
Though there’s no way to be sure, Bwog assumes this video and three other celebrations of dining joy would never have seen the light of the world wide web if it weren’t for Dining’s facebook-based video contest, going on right now on the Dining Services facebook group. The lure of the grand prize for the best (50 free John Jay meals for each contributor) has prompted four groups of students to create their own new, special way to say “I heart John Jay.”
Though all of the submissions make use of a popular song, not every group produced such a masterpiece of coordinated dancing and karaoke-esque singing as “Wilma’s Anthem.” “Addiction” is more of a short film, where in the darkness of the gated alley between Hartley and Wallach an angry kid with a flashlight confronts his friend about a dangerous addiction… to John Jay.
“Dining Love,” on the other hand, is essentially what you’d see if you listened to “Love is Gone” by David Guetta while eating in John Jay slightly intoxicated. You’d pretty much start to see every shake of the salt and every stab of a fork in line with the beat of the song, and then you would slowly lose you mind. Then you’d watch the fourth video, appropriately titled “Columbia Dining Competition Submission,” which is one quarter intense music video choreography, one quarter intense stares into the camera, one quarter footage of a take-out cup of cereal being eaten over and over, and one quarter ABBA’s “Money, Money, Money” tune. And you’d realize you actually had lost your mind.
That being said, if you’re prepared for the ABBA, these are all a pretty good laugh. And you can vote to help decide who gets those precious 50 meals by using that new-fangled “I like this” feature under the video you prefer on Dining’s facebook group. Obviously, even if “Wilma’s Anthem” loses its current lead, Wilma will always be irreplaceable.