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Campus shows suppport for HIV/AIDS research at 'A Rubi Affair'

Standing beside her brother, Dylan, and sister, Faith, senior music theory and composition major Cheyenne Cogan captures a moment with The Rubi Girls. Open Doors invited the entertainers for the annual drag show,

Standing beside her brother, Dylan, and sister, Faith, senior music theory and composition major Cheyenne Cogan captures a moment with The Rubi Girls. Open Doors invited the entertainers for the annual drag show, "A Rubi Affair," held on Feb. 18 (photo/Open Doors).

Many consider “A Rubi Affair” the second largest event of the year at Ohio Northern University as students of all ages and majors come together at McIntosh Center for the fundraiser hosted by Open Doors.

“A Rubi Affair” is the annual drag show held on campus, featuring The Rubi Girls, a group of professional drag queens who perform to raise money for HIV/AIDS and gay-related charities. The show is open to not only the students but also the Ada community, and it is Open Doors’ signature event.

Based in Dayton, Ohio, the group regularly travels to campus and performs in this event as well as donates $500 to HIV/AIDs resources in Lima, Ohio. Additionally, clubs and fraternities could also participate and compete for the People’s Choice Award. The audience donated money to vote for their favorite performances. All proceeds from the event were donated to Equitas Health (formerly Aids Resource Center Ohio), a non-profit healthcare system for the LGBT+ community who may be at risk for or affected by HIV/AIDs.

Traditionally, it is Open Doors’ vice president who is in charge of organizing the event, meaning senior music education major Brandon Meadows had to plan and run the show. He said that while planning the event proved to be a much more strenuous task than he had anticipated, he had a good time.

Open Doors president and senior music theory and composition major Cheyenne Cogan said Meadows did a fantastic job coordinating the event.

I’m literally so proud,” she said. “He had stuff done so early and had to deal with the glitching that was happening in the system [during the show] and went in and talked to everybody and made sure all of the rooms were taken care of. It was great; I’m so proud of him.”

Alpha Phi Omega won the title of People’s Choice, raising over $200. In total, the event raised $1,088.38, which includes the $500 donated by The Rubi Girls.

Freshman computer science major Bo Lenhart admitted to having never been to a drag show, but he was very amazed regardless.

[The Rubi Girls] are such good dancers,” he said. “Honestly, I kind of just thought it would be a lot of ‘flashy’ moves almost, but these people are actually incredibly talented. A lot of them have some form of charity, especially when they’re here for other events and not just themselves. They also show a lot of visibility of groups that are often pretty marginalized. It shows a lot of people being happy and proud, and it’s very important to have that for both people who are in the LGBTQ community and people who aren’t. So it’s super nice to be able to have these events, especially in public places—like in a university.”