Reisner Dining Hall at Shippensburg University allows students to choose the music playing as they eat. All they have to do is install the Rockbot app on their phone and request the song. Students can become a higher-level DJ on the app by suggesting more songs that please the masses on the app. While there are many notable student DJs on SU’s campus, such as “JohnMayerEnjoyer” and “mamaslilboy,” there is one that stands out in the list of DJs — GrittyFan69.
A mystery on campus who plays “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day and “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd as much as possible, the man behind the profile has been found, Nathan Harding, an SU student, has wreaked havoc on the sounds of Reisner since his freshman year.
“It’s cool, I get an odd 15 seconds of fame every once in a while when someone points me out in the dining hall,” Harding said.
According to Harding, since his freshman year, the university has blocked more and more songs from the app. He explained that he likes to request songs that make people laugh. As more songs get blocked, this could become more difficult to achieve.
The song “Spooky, Scary Skeletons,” by Andrew Gold is a song that Harding seems to request most often. Students planning to go to the dining hall in October usually know what they will be hearing while they have their meal. However, in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB), the song has been blocked by the university.
“I am going to keep pushing the envelope until they block it [in Reisner Dining Hall] as well,” Harding said. “That’s the main goal.”
When he is not being a mysterious and chaotic DJ, Harding is working on his degree in marketing. He was originally an accounting major but realized after a few courses it was not for him and made the switch. Harding explained that his twin, Kristen Harding, also attends SU as a psychology major.
Harding is also a member of the SU track and cross-country teams. This is his 10th year running cross country.
“I played soccer in elementary school. I realized I wasn’t very good, but I was fast,” Harding said. “I have been doing cross country ever since I made the switch in middle school.”
Additionally, Harding is a third-generation motorsports racer from just outside Reading, Pennsylvania. He has participated in races at the Maple Grove Raceway through middle school and high school. He participates in drag racing, which is going in a straight direction at high speeds.
“My fastest speed was probably going an eighth of a mile in 7.7 seconds, about 88mph,” Harding said. Harding explained that he has not participated in motorsports for about four years, so not many people know about it. Though, he did explain that he hopes to get back to it in the near future.
It is Harding’s senior year at SU, so there are only a few more months to hear his music choices in Reisner. He currently works at the Giant in his hometown and hopes to get a job with Giant’s corporate office in Carlisle to use his marketing degree after graduation. For now, keep your ears peeled and stay alert for the constant “Spooky, Scary Skeletons” in Reisner.