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Black Tie Bash

Posted on January 11, 2013

On Saturday December 1, 2012, the members of the Class of 2014 with support from the SAIL office hosted the Black Tie Bash in the Balfour Hood Campus Center.  As nearly 400 Wheaton students prepared for the evening and dressed to impress, the Class of 2014 Council went to work transforming the campus center into a classy atmosphere that had a little something for everyone.

Upon arrival, students were greeted with tiers of gourmet cupcakes, s’mores making, and chocolate fondue.  There were even Hostess inspired cupcake creations that paid ode to the recently deceased franchise.  The decorations for the evening were fabulous, with each bulletin board covered by sophisticated black and white art work, grey, black and white drapes from the ceilings, and festive rope lights hanging over the atrium.  The New Yellow Parlor room was transformed into a coat check where students could safely place their belongings before exploring the evening’s activities.  In the Atrium there was a live band that played cover songs of current hits and some oldies that really got the crowd going.  The Lyons Lounge was where students could try out many different types of mocktails while inside the Game Room were finger foods, all to keep the dancers fueled and hydrated throughout the night.  The Dance Studio was completely transformed into a lifelike casino with red walls around the entire room, mood lighting and tables with featured classic games such as Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette, and Craps managed by a professional dealer.  Just outside the Recording Studio were two of the most popular stops of the night: a caricaturist and photobooth.  The caricature artist quickly sketched those who sat before him, creating a fantastic cartoon image of the students.  The photobooth hosted many different groups of students also providing a fun memento to remember their night by.  Finally, students could continue over to the Loft and dance to current radio hits of a live professional DJ.

Overall, the night was a great success, giving students a chance to experience many different activities in one location. Holding this traditional event on campus proves that with enough vision and determination, exciting events can happen on campus. And for a mere $10 ticket price, this change to tradition was well worth it as there was absolutely something for everyone. Lastly, the Bash gave students an excuse to dress up in their finest garb and experience a night of elegance and class.


- Written by: Ashleigh Osgood '13
- Edited by: Nadia Omar
- Photos by: Andrea Holden

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