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The Campus Activities Board hosted a Romeo and Juliet Masquerade Ball Oct. 18. Homecoming princess Jessica Gerard and prince Garry Hedlund ended the evening dancing on the patio of the Hanawalt House. / photo by Ryan Gann

The Campus Activities Board hosted a Romeo and Juliet Masquerade Ball Oct. 18. Homecoming princess Jessica Gerard and prince Garry Hedlund ended the evening dancing on the patio of the Hanawalt House. / photo by Ryan Gann

Danielle Hunt
Staff Writer

The Campus Activities Board’s Romeo and Juliet’s Masquerade Ball last Thursday gave the Hanawalt House a romantic feel with dimly lit lights and masks all around.

All guests were encouraged to dress up in their best dresses and tuxes with their pick of masks for the full mystery feel of the night.

“I really wanted to emphasize to ULV that we actually do have a Homecoming dance and I thought this was the perfect way to get the message across- it was by having a masquerade party in a prime location,” Alexandria Orozco, CAB major events co- chairwoman, said.

The event started off a little slow but by the end of night there were about 100 students enjoying the atmosphere.

“The event seemed like a really fun idea and I was excited to come out and really see what CAB had planned for us“, freshman athletic training major Kaitlin Wilson said.

“The idea of the masquerade party and dressing up really seemed like a fun idea to me.”

“I actually had no idea colleges did homecoming dances until this event, and I think they did a very good job of making it evident, and I think it will be very well known in years to come,” sophomore biology major Kayla Hockman said.

The masquerade ball did not just have a dance floor but incorporated the entire Hanawalt space and had tables and chairs set-up for students to sit and hold conversations.

“I really liked the fact that they did the dance in Hanawalt because it is so close to the dorms and Vista that even if we forgot about the event we were quickly reminded with the loud music,” undeclared freshman Mikayla Thornley said.

Students were attracted to the Hanawalt house by the sounds of electronic and dance music “Gangnam Style”. The DJ also played dance remixes of popular radio songs.

Although the event did not draw that many people some students still felt it was a success by bringing the ULV community together.

“I think the event really brought all the students together and capped off the weekday festivities and got them in a great party mood for the weekend events, such as the Street Fair and Homecoming Game,” sophomore undeclared major Allie Wehner said.

Party goers enjoyed food like candy apples, cream puffs and a large sandwich cut in to smaller sections.

The masquerade ball ended a little before midnight and students left with a big smile.

Danielle Hunt can be reached at danielle.hunt@laverne.edu.

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