UAAM rings in Mardi Gras holiday early with ‘A Night of Mystique’

February 18, 2009

by Tina Marie Alvarenga

The United African American Men brought about elegance at 8 p.m. last Wednesday as students filled the Student Center, Main Floor with masks, costumes and elegance for “A Night of Mystique” masquerade ball.

Henry Johnson, a UAAM member and sophomore animal science major, said he and his brothers hosted the night to celebrate Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day.

“We wanted to do a Renaissance-themed ball,” he said. “We chose the theme because it’s unique and it’s something you don’t see in our era.”

Henry said the night turned out really well and he was pleased with the outcome.

“It was a real joyful and romantic setting where you could just easily go and relax, relieve some stress and have a good time,” he said.

Henry also said he hopes those who attended enjoyed themselves and appreciated the night.

“School’s stressful and everyone needs a night off and a chance to express themselves,” he said. “I would like to think we offered that.”

Raven Thissel, a freshman marketing major, said the night was very entertaining.

“I especially enjoyed the part [when] they voted on best mask and outfit, and I thought the seating arrangements and the decorations were really pretty,” she said.

Thissel said she liked the fact that it was a multicultural event.

“I was glad that there was diversity in the people that were in attendance,” she said.

Harold D. Hopson, a UAAM member and a junior accounting major, said the night was a big success.

“The best part about the night was walking in and seeing the great turn-out,” he said. “There were more people than I expected.”

Hopson said he was enlightened by how responsive guests were to the theme of the ball.

“Everyone really got into the spirit, they ran with the theme,” he said. “The masks were very awesome.”

Joe Gill, a UAAM member from Grambling State University, said it was nice to get together with his organization brothers from another school.

“I like to see the different personalities we all have,” he said.

“Despite the fact that we’re from different schools, we’re still brothers. It was a really good time,” Hopson said.

Hopson said he liked how the ball united many people from different from social groups.

“We tried to think of something that would bring about a diverse group of guests and the ball succeeded in that,” he said. “The ball really reached that goal.”