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There is no better remedy to stress than the feeling of freedom given by breaking out into random song and dance. Whether it’s “Bet On It” from “High School Musical 2” or the “Titanic” classic “My Heart Will Go On,” we all have our trigger songs that we can easily scream at the top of our lungs with no remorse. We need this coping mechanism to get through finals week, and honestly, we need it just in our everyday lives. But with the impacted space on the UCSB campus, where does one go to pretend they’re on an open golf course and fully channel their inner Zac Efron?

1. Campbell Hall stage after 8 p.m.

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They say there’s nothing like performing on a stage for 720 empty seats. However, this is inconclusive because no one has ever been brave enough to actually try.

2. Library: Girls fifth-floor bathroom

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Have you seen that handicap stall? It’s huuuge! Don’t worry about disturbing anyone studying during finals week, they’ll understand that you just needed a quick break to perfect your scatting!

3. Career Services

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When they ask you what your plans are for the future, you bring out the big guns with “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls.

4. South Hall Roof

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A view of the whole campus while belting out a Justin Timberlake classic? With Storke Tower blocking your view of the lagoon? Unbeatable.

5. Sands

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Nothing like singing your heart out in a hammock while simultaneously disrupting other people’s quiet hammock time. Bring a guitar to really cause a problem.

6. Library: fourth floor under the big skylight

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Pro tip: Go at 6 a.m. as the sun is rising and sing the opening song from “Lion King.” It’s really the only way to adequately prepare for an 8 a.m. final.

7. Harold Frank Hall

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Need a quiet place where no one will bother you for a more emotional song? Try the farthest lecture hall on campus. Everyone will skip the classes they have there anyways.

8. Storke Tower Courtyard

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Feeling brave? Now’s the time to practice that rendition of “Defying Gravity” — broomstick and all. This is only allowed during a time that multiple people will stop by and watch your performance.


Erin Lubitz is a third-year who loves to pop, lock, jam and break (Is that even legal?).