Dance swaps gender roles, raises money

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Jonathan Roach and Erika Winland, above, enjoy the dance despite its postponement due to the flu last week. Photo by Gerard Shaughnessy.

Despite an unexpected delay and a theme which shook up the University of Dallas’ traditional dating scene, on Saturday, February 18th, couples of all ages gathered in Gorman Lecture Center foyer to participate in the Sadie Hawkins Dance.

The dance was hosted by Campus Ministry as a fundraiser for Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

Although the dance was hosted after Valentine’s Day, as it was postponed due to the recent influenza on campus, the foyer was still decked out in the traditional colors of red and white, complete with cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies.

While the venue was appropriate for the number of attendees, the heat, in the words of one reveler, “was unbearable.”

Freshman Katie Brady, who helped organize the event, explained that all proceeds go directly to funding ASB, which this year heads to Memphis, Tenn., to perform tasks such as organizing classroom supplies.

“It’s not building a house, but it’s more of the basic, day-to-day needs that no one thinks of,” Brady said. “That’s the need we’re trying to fulfill.”

Surprisingly, the event took little time to coordinate: the 16 ASB-ers only met a few times this semester for fellowship and fundraising planning.

Among their obligations, the ASB-ers must individually raise $150 each and volunteer for a minimum of 30 minutes at each fundraiser.

While proceeds from the event were not projected, it is expected that ASB raised a significant amount of their necessary funds for the trip.

In the tradition of Sadie Hawkins Dances, the ladies, not the gentleman, do the asking.

Opinions on this change of roles were varied; some found it disconcerting while others said it gave them more confidence.

One female underclassman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “[I didn’t] have a problem asking a boy, I just don’t want to deal with the drama and the implications that come with it … I feel like so much more meaning is attached to a girl asking a guy than the other way around, and I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea.”

“While the Valentine’s theme] added pressure for some girls, it was nice to [take initiative] and ask a guy,” freshman Teresa Vall said.

She explained that while the experience was a bit odd, it wasn’t an issue of confidence.

Vall commented that the experience helped her appreciate the uncertainty men endure when asking women to a dance.

Whether dancing with fellow single “galentines” or boys they’d worked up the courage to ask as their dates, guys and girls alike seemed to enjoy a successful dance despite the heat.

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