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Student-run nightclub Higherground to celebrate grand reopening

RELEASED: Feb. 3, 2011

Higherground DJ Booth
Remodeled Higherground DJ booth

EAU CLAIRE — Higherground— the student-run nightclub, lounge and eatery on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's upper campus — will celebrate its grand reopening with dance parties Feb. 4-5 and a Super Bowl party Feb. 6.

The newly renovated and updated space in Crest Wellness Center will host the dance parties Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., with free glow bracelets and prizes (courtesy of community partner Rental Resources), and free soft drinks and snacks until 11 p.m.

Sunday at 5:30 p.m. the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Higherground's large projection screen. Free soft drinks and snacks will be provided during the football game.

As a lounge, Higherground offers computers and televisions, video games, billiards, ping-pong and foosball, board games and comfortable seating. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, pizza, entrees and beverages, and free popcorn throughout the day.

Higherground's student DJs present beyond-the-mainstream music that makes the dance club a popular campus destination. The remodeled DJ booth is a focal point for the club and dance floor area, which has been updated with black cellulose tile that provides better acoustics and a modern look. A self-supporting truss grid supports the newly flown lighting and sound equipment. New audio and lighting systems have replaced the original equipment that dated back to the club's opening in 1986.

Six Electro-Voice FRi-2082 speakers were chosen to replace the club's eight EV SX 200 speakers. The homemade dual 18-inch subwoofer that sat on the dance floor was replaced by two Electro-Voice Rx 218S subwoofers recessed within the suspended ceiling. The entire main system is driven on two energy-efficient Crown Macro-Tech 9000i amplifiers.

Additional basic system controls were added behind the bar to allow club staff to easily use key components of the system without having to navigate the more technically daunting booth. Talkback microphones were also added to enable staff to cut music off and make emergency announcements.

The DJ booth was divided into three distinct control areas to allow for media-specific playback in each. A Numark NS7FX computer DJ system is featured on the left side of the booth and allows DJs to use their own laptops to mix, scratch, create and play back unique songs. A Numark mix deck is featured on the right side of the booth and allows for simultaneous mixing between CD and iPod media. Both si stations are run into an Allen & Heath Xone:464 master mixer featuring two Technics 1200 MKii turntables. This unique design allows for two student DJs to work on their own mixes at the same time, ensuring the highest level of creativity and customer satisfaction.

Two ETC SmartPack 12 1.2 kilowatt dimmers acquired from a UW-Stout renovation replaced the old, failing lighting dimmers. All of the lighting was redistributed on a new Tomcat Global Core 12 truss system; the fixtures themselves remain unchanged, but the addition of industry-rated mounting hardware adds a level of safety. Power distribution is handled through the use of Lex Products EverGrip 6 circuit multi-cables. The lighting is controlled with a Martin LightJockey 2, which provides student DJs with a real-world training environment for a fraction of the cost of traditional control boards.

Higherground is managed by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers, with programming support from the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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JS/DW

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