By Meaghan Sands
Cal Poly Pomona residents donned semi-formal dresses, dress shirts, bow ties and decorative masks on Saturday night for the Inter-Hall Council Spring Fling, a masquerade dance.
On the night of the dance, students were taken in limos along the winding road that leads to the front of Kellogg Mansion atop the hill.
Those without their own masks could create one before they headed inside, or could have a woman paint ornate designs on their faces and arms inside the mansion.
Inside, students were met with an organ and pictures of Kellogg and his family adorning the walls and tables.
In one room, students could pose with their friends in a photo booth complete with props and photo print-outs.
In another room, a table of food catered by Kellogg West was set out for the guests’ enjoyment. Just beyond that was a candy bar where students could fill their own goody bag.
Through a set of double doors, guests were led onto an outdoor patio with a dance floor set in the center. Tables were set with fresh flowers and candles and two levels of grass area seating. A magician went around to each table showing off his tricks.
Branden Vasquez, a second-year music student, was the disk jockey for the evening and you could hear his dance music playing all night. He goes by the name DJ 4.K.O. and has done numerous other events for CPP including orientation.
The spring dance has been a yearly event for residents and it is a time for them to hang out with friends before the school year ends and they go back to their respective homes for summer.
Martha Linden, a second- year economics student and resident of the Center for Regenerative Studies, likes going to these events because she gets to know more people who live in her building and on-campus.
“I feel like a lot of times in class you can’t meet people or some people are too shy or there’s not enough time to talk to everybody,” said Linden. “Because not a lot of classes are like ‘get to know the people next to you.’ I think it’s more like, ‘get out your notebook and start writing’ kind of thing.”
Dakota Robarge, a second-year mechanical engineering student, came to the event because it sounded like fun and it was an opportunity to reach out to students. Robarge is a resident and a part of the National Residence Hall Honorary, a smaller club on campus that partners with IHC.
“It’s an awesome event,” he said. “It’s a school dance and a chance to reach out to residents, to get the community involved and to have a good time.”
Robarge thinks these events are important because they create a feeling of community among the residents.
“I feel like we need to have that community involvement and get people out to have a good time in a healthy way,” he said. “And to have a good time and not stress about what’s going on in school and outside that, like financial problems. This is an event that [students] can come out to and get excited for.”
The event was put together by Christine Alford, a second-year hospitality and restaurant management student and the chief programming officer for IHC. She was happy to report that they completed the event under budget.
Alford decided to do a masquerade theme because she felt that those are always fun and that it is sometimes easier to plan an event around a theme.
“We wanted an environment where it’s not just dancing,” she said. “You could do other activities like the photo booth and the mask decorating.”
Alford feels that this is an event that the residents look forward to every year.
“It’s exciting to come up to the mansion,” she said. “A lot of students haven’t been up here, so having an event up here kind of opens their eyes.”
Natalie Diaz/The Poly Post
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