By Caleb White, Online Editor
For many juniors and seniors it was a night to remember.
On Friday, April 8, Assumption’s Campus Activities Board hosted their annual Spring Ball event for the first time since 2019 — before the pandemic. At night, the upperclassmen and their dates donned their dresses and suits, and began their walk to the Tsotsis ballroom at 7 p.m.
The venue was completely transformed by CAB. Tables were rearranged to accommodate the large crowd, and a dance floor was marked in the middle of the room with an accompanying DJ, lights, and balloons. A photo booth stood in a corner for attendees to take home memories of the occasion.
Drinks were available for those who were 21 or above. Cake, cannolis, and ice cream were served at the catering tables, along with chicken parm and other dinner dishes — Bishop McManus had given his approval for meat to be served on a Friday in Lent.
For most of the students who attended, it had been their first Spring Ball experience.
“In my freshman year, we left for spring break and never came back,” junior student Rosie Insingo said. “I was really excited to be here. They did a great job converting the ballroom into a new space.”
The chance to attend an official event with a date had many students enthusiastic. The nervous energy of high school promposals wasn’t anywhere to be found, though — for senior Maggie Buckley the experience was laid-back.
“We were sitting in my room, and I was like, ‘Hey Tim, wanna go to Spring Ball?’ And he said, ‘Sure, let’s go get tickets!’ It was super romantic,” she laughed.
CAB executive Caroline McDonough saw the event as a moment for community-building.
“We wanted to bring back our yearly events to bring the community together, something we all missed when everything was remote,” she said. “Getting ready was really fun too. I met up with a few of my friends, we did our hair and makeup, and it was nice dressing up for a change.”
Many felt that it was a sign the community was coming together — that in the middle of a transition year from COVID, things could go back to normal.
“I loved just being able to hang out with friends at a formal dance. We haven’t had normalcy for two years,” Brian Leger, a junior, said.
Fellow junior Alex Boligan agreed. “We’re getting there. Next year we’ll be starting a clean slate with the mask-mandate over, and I’m super excited to see where we go from here.”
For those on campus, don’t miss out on CAB’s upcoming Spring Weekend events. This Friday, April 22, there will be a Hollywood Walk of Fame Bingo in the Tsotsis ballroom from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The following Saturday will be packed with games, food, and prizes — see the whole schedule on their Instagram, @assumptionumacab.