College flash mobs become pep rallies made for YouTube

Three steps to starting college: Meet roommate. Unpack in dorm room. Then, sometime during orientation, hear music, see a student start dancing, watch as more dancers join in, and join the campus flash mob, reports the New York Times. (Or if you miss the actual event, watch it over and over on YouTube, to see how many people you recognize.) Outbursts of seemingly impromptu dance numbers were so common at orientations this year that BostInnovation, a web start-up chronicling Boston life, ran a contest asking readers to watch the YouTube videos and vote for the local campus—Wellesley, Merrimack or Emerson—with the best welcome…

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