By Jireh Maddox
May 3 saw a blast from the past – the ‘90s, to be exact. Students mingled on the bottom floor of the Student Center in anticipation of good vibes and bad dancing at the school’s second annual ’90s Prom hosted by Resident Life.
Students wore a wide variety of old school costumes, from the beloved flannel and Backstreet Boys paraphernalia, to ruffled dresses and pink tutus.
Walking up to the second floor, students entered into a helter-skelter ’90s collage complete with pastel colored balloons, Push Pops, pizza and Kool-Aid.
When asked what she expected out of the event, first-year visual effects major Emily Overfelt from Bedford, Va. said, “Bad music and nostalgia, boy bands and Britney Spears and good ‘90s decorations.”
There was energy and enthusiasm as people loudly sang-along to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls and danced to “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer. Resident assistants created a three-hour long playlist for the event, fraught with many students’ favorite ’90s hits.
Third-year sound design major Alex Previty from Cleveland, Ohio edited low quality online videos so that they could be enjoyed in a high quality mash-up.
“It’s a cool experience to see people dance to the video I made,” said Previty. “I usually do the sound design for events like this.”
Sound design was not the only major represented at the ‘90s Prom. Second-year photography major Alexis Lodson from Washington, DC and third-year photography major Steve Moraro from Colorado Springs, Colo. were positioned in the back to take photographs of students. Lodson and Moraro volunteered purely for fun and the experience.
“Will Tempher sat for Portrait for Studio, and he liked my work,” Lodson remarked with a smile when asked how she was recruited to volunteer for the event. Moraro was picked the same way. Despite being in a glass booth separated from the dancing, both had a great time at the throwback.
All in all, everyone in attendance enjoyed returning to the ’90s – even if just for one night.Contact Jireh Maddox.