The Student News Site of Chatham University


The Student News Site of Chatham University


The Student News Site of Chatham University


Chatham welcomes the academic year with a dance to remember

Twinkle lights hang from the trees, the scent of Buffalo Chicken Dip fills the air, and students dance the night away. This just about sums up the Welcome Back Dance on Friday, September 4, at the Athletic and Fitness Center Patio.

Students arrived sporadically, with some of the ladies wearing evening dresses and the men sporting a tie and dress shirt. The event was catered by Parkhurst Dining and featured assortments of appetizers including cheese and crackers, fruits and the crowd favorite, Buffalo Chicken Dip accompanied by warm pita chips. A Chatham event wouldn’t be complete without some sweets. Two whole platters of brownies and purple sugar cookies were enough to cure even the most stubborn sweet tooth.

The Office of Residence Life and Student Activities-Student Affairs sponsored the dance, where Student Activities student workers acted as the hosts. Late Night Coordinator, sophomore Jorjanna Smith, greeted dance attendees and offered them tasty appetizers with her counterpart, sophomore Maya Carey, who was the creative brain behind decorations for the evening.

“The lights and lanterns were really awesome. They really brought some life to the patio” said first-year Iris Marzolf.

Many of the dance attendees waited in anticipation for the announcement of the results from the Residence Hall Council Elections (RHC). Coordinator of Residence Life and Student Activities Emily Fidago delivered the news. The Residence Hall Council officials for each hall are as follows:


President: Jesse Hinkle

Secretary/Treasurer: Jacquelyn Stanfield

Communications Coordinator: Gino Peluso

Programming Coordinator: Haley Porterfield

Sustainability Coordinator: Rachael Oplinger



President: Rosemary Quintana

Secretary/Treasurer: Imani Constant

Communications Coordinator: Diamond Ricketts

Programming Coordinator: Mikayla Psenick

Sustainability Coordinator: Nichole Dahlen



President: Abby Beckwith

Secretary/Treasurer: Noah Smith

Communications Coordinator: Suzi Nanthavong

Programming Coordinator: London Pipkins

Sustainability Coordinator: Evalynn Farkas



President: Carsyn Smith

Secretary/Treasurer: Taylor Frankenstein

Communications Coordinator: Lindsey Bost

Programming Coordinator: Noah Thompson

Sustainability Coordinator: Holly Taylor

The dance had a low turn out but that did not stop those who were there from having a good time. First-Year student Derrick Robinson said the low attendance was an actual highlight of the event itself.

“It amazed me how little people were there but yet [we] still had fun and made the most out of the experience,” said Robinson.

The dance did feature a DJ who played a mixture of current songs and throwbacks, including “Where Are U Now,” “Bad Blood,” “Wobble” and “Get Low.”

One throwback in particular really got the party going: “The Cupid Shuffle.”

“It was my favorite song of the night because it got everyone up and moving and it’s just a really fun song,” said Marzolf.

At around 11 p.m., a group of students took to the Carriage House with leftover Buffalo Chicken Dip and pita chips — the perfect snack for watching “Sweeney Todd” — and the student workers began taking down the decorations. The Chatham After Hours event ended and everyone left the AFC energized and ready for the new school year.

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