“Like prom, but better:” King and Queen’s Ball exceeds students’ expectations

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April 19, 2016

2:38 PM

Every year, before the crush of finals, students have the opportunity to attend an enchanted evening on the Sunken Garden at the King and Queen’s Ball. This year, the ball involved a live band, a professional tent equipped with chandeliers and a catered meal.

“It was the perfect way to get our squad together and dance the night away one last time, before the pressure of finals begins to set in,” Behling said.

Peter Kinton ’18 planned this year’s event, working with leaders from around campus to organize catering, decorations and volunteers for the event.

According to Kinton, the King and Queen’s Ball is an opportunity for everyone in the student body to enjoy their accomplishments and toast a great year.

“It is meant to be inclusive so that every student can come together and participate and have fun as an entire student body and Tribe,” Kinton said in an email. “Regardless of your involvements here on campus, the King and Queen’s Ball is something every student can enjoy.”

The guests this year represented all four social classes, as well as a few alumni.

According to Kinton, a married alimni couple stopped by this year’s event. The King and Queen’s Ball was their first date when they were students here.

“Would I want it to get more recognition? Of course. It is a lot of fun and I want everyone to be able to enjoy it.”

Many students were attending for the first time like William Davis ’18, who said he is planning on making it a tradition based on the fun he had this year.

“The band was amazing,” Davis said. “They played throwbacks and interacted with the crowd. I had a great time and was totally surprised.”

Likewise, Olivia Behling ’19 said that it was the best way to enjoy the end of the year with her friends.

“It was the perfect way to get our squad together and dance the night away one last time, before the pressure of finals begins to set in,” Behling said.

A live band was hired to set the tone of the evening. KYRA SOLOMON/THE FLAT HAT

A live band was hired to set the tone of the evening.
KYRA SOLOMON/THE FLAT HAT

According to Hannah Clark ’16, the King and Queen’s Ball holds a certain nostalgic quality.

“It was like prom, but better,” said Clark.

Seth Opoku-Yeboah ’16 considered the ball an especially great way to conclude his career at the College.

“It was fun to go as a senior, especially as a member of the Student Assembly,” Opoku-Yeboah said. “It’s a nice way to conclude a great year and an even better four years.”

According to Kinton, the event can sometimes be overshadowed because it’s one of many events that occur in the spring.

“There are a lot of big events happening in the spring because the weather is beautiful and students can’t go to everything,” Kinton said. “Would I want it to get more recognition? Of course. It is a lot of fun and I want everyone to be able to enjoy it.”

However, according to Opoku-Yeboah, the event stands out because it is representative of the culmination of the entire student body’s year.

“I enjoyed going with my housemates and enjoying the dance one last time,” Opoku-Yeboah said. “The best part is seeing all of campus come together to celebrate in one place.”

“It is meant to be inclusive so that every student can come together and participate and have fun as an entire student body and Tribe,”

Kinton said the ball is simply a great way to send everyone off in style.

“It brings together all types of individuals and everyone gets a chance to get all dressed up and have a blast together,” Kinton said.

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