Snowball dance gives students a memorable ball some never had
The College Programming Board (CPB), the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Ramapo College Foundation hosted their annual Snowball: A Winter Homecoming on December 4, giving students and guests the opportunity to participate in a semi-formal evening of dance and community. commitment.
A total of 78 students gathered in Friends Hall’s winter wonderland from 9 p.m., where they were greeted by sympathetic faces wearing masks, a variety of dishes, and a life-size snow globe – provided by the mobile entertainment company Any Excuse For A Party. The room was decorated and perfect for many photo booth opportunities.
Snowball was run entirely by students and set up by the student members of CPB and SGA, both made up of new members. CPB has an almost entirely new electronic board, but they have already been able to accomplish many successful programming events.
“They’ve been awesome from day one as a group, and they’ve been a great team, building on a lot of creativity, ambition, leadership and fun,” said student activities coordinator Jack. Nesmith. “It was a pleasure to be their advisor and to watch them grow, and I am so proud of their success.”
The two organizations collaborate on many projects, and it is usually their co-sponsored events that are the most successful. The interactions between the two organizations are professional, creative and successful, which is evident to the students, ultimately encouraging them to find more ways to get involved.
“I joined CPB because of SGA,” said Avery Cangro, chief of staff of SGA and member of the electronic board of directors of CPB. “CPB is laid back and fun, but the result is so rewarding. “
“I love the way we have so many different events for the school because I can participate in them,” she said.
Members of both Boards of Directors did not fail to congratulate Paolo Miyashiro, President of CPB and Vice President of SGA, and give him credit for truly being the reason why Snowball was possible and won. such a success. Her work on campus is certainly not overlooked, and her determination to provide the student body with memorable and meaningful events is greatly appreciated.
“Although Snowball is an annual event that we do every year, we really wanted this year to be very special,” said Miyashiro. “We know a lot of students – especially our freshmen and sophomores – missed proms or homecoming due to the pandemic, so we really wanted to bring that experience back to them in a big way. “
The dance captured the essence of high school semi-formal and proms, and it was expertly performed through the diverse music and space to dance.
“We had prepared about eight hours of music, but we couldn’t even use it because so many people made requests,” said Claudia Eligur, president of CPB Live Entertainment, who was the DJ for the evening. . “I prefer to play what people want. It’s a special feeling when you hear the next song coming up and it’s the one you wanted. “
With music from ABBA Nicki Minaj, from old childhood classics – like “Party In The USA” – to dance hits “The Cotton Eyed Joe” and “The Cha Cha Slide”, there was something for everyone. Many have used the dance floor to their advantage. From rhythmic up and down jumps to full dance circles, participants let it all slip away on the dance floor.
“It was honestly more fun than playing the hits today. There was something comical and nostalgic about singing those old children’s songs and those party songs that I wouldn’t have initially considered, ”said Eligur.
However, it certainly wouldn’t be a school dance without a remarkable slow dance. The romantic song of the evening was “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. Couples and groups of friends strolled the dance floor for a swing before plunging back into the lively air of the night.
“It reminded me of high school dances,” sophomore Melissa Priester said. “We thought we were going to have a graduation party, but we didn’t, so it was good to have something like that at Ramapo.”
CPB and SGA are currently planning their abundance of spring 2022 events, including their live concert, which will close the 2021-22 school year.