The Otter Cross Cultural Center (OC3) invited students into the Otter Student Union (OSU) for the Masqueerade Ball, “a celebration of the beauty and resilience of queer individuals,” on Halloween night.
Students dressed in costumes and ballroom attire danced the night away to today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites. The OC3 provided masks, refreshments and a photo booth where students could capture their memories.
“The mask represents how we go about our day around certain environments or certain people masking who we are to fit in. My mask came down when I came here,” said Citlaly Jaurejui, a Masqueerade event organizer, during their speech at the event. “Don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone, and don’t wear that mask!”
Third-year Madeline Humbert had some of the best moves on the floor, and blew the crowd away with her spot on dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“I love the music choice and I love the open communication and the constant acceptance of a lot of individuals within this community,” said Humbert.
While the crowd was small with around 30 people in attendance, there was no lack of energy at Masqueerade. “I wish that more people would attend,” she said. “I know that there’s other parties going on but [I like] what [this event] has to offer.”