By Brooke Hill | Staff Writer
Zeta Zigga Zamma (ZZZ) hosted its 10th annual Klub Koolaid event on Saturday at the Cameron Park Zoo.
Klub Koolaid is a huge party that takes place at the start of each school year in an attempt to welcome the freshmen into the Waco and Baylor community in a fun and substance-free manner. This year’s party was sponsored by Pine Cove Camps. ZZZ charged $5 at the door and intends for all of the proceeds go to Mission Waco.
“We do ZZZ as an alternative to other parties on campus,” said Katy junior Tanner Clark, the organizations internal vice president. “We create a substance-free party with loud music to promote clean fun for college students looking for something outside the norm proceeds from the night go to Mission Waco to help them in their fight against poverty in Waco.”
ZZZ’s desire is to be an inclusive community of men who glorify God, love others boldly, creatively and unconditionally according to their Facebook page. They strive to serve the city of Waco and its people and disciple young men during their college years at Baylor. They classify themselves as a nonprofit.
ZZZ is known for stopping their parties to pray over the crowd, and every party ends with the worship song “Oceans” by Hillsong United.
“We put on events like these to glorify God and bring honor to his name,” said Cleburne sophomore member Nick Graeve.
Last year’s Klub Koolaid, sponsored by Red Bull, had a turnout of over 3,000 students, according to the event’s Facebook page. Students were encouraged to wear their most insane costumes and invite roommates, friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, dogs and anyone else who wanted to come.
Although the night was rainy thanks to Hurricane Harvey, there was still a turnout of about 1,700 students according to Nick Graeve. People stayed throughout the rain, even when the power went out a few times.
“I think despite the rain and the technical difficulties, the party was definitely a success and a wonderful way to introduce the incoming freshmen class to the school year,” said Chicago sophomore Rebecca Sobo.
Since ZZZ is not an official student organization, it often finds unique ways to show the Waco community what it’s about. In the spring semester, members perform in Zing, which is their take on Baylor’s All University Sing. ZZZ also puts on a big Noche Del Oso party the night before Diadeloso in April.