SAB to host Met Gala President’s Ball this Saturday

President’s Ball 2016 Students hit the dance floor

A red carpet, student art show, and unique photo opportunities will bring the Met Gala to the Student Activities Board’s annual President’s Ball Feb. 11. 

Doors open at the Searle Center at 8:30 p.m. for swing dancing, followed by the formal ball from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Jerry Ross Band will provide live music for the event. 

Caitie Dugan, junior and SAB creative team lead, said the décor of the event models after the Met Gala. 

“There will be a red carpet like there is at the Met Gala, greenery like they have at the Met Gala, and a very cool backdrop for photos that will kind of look like a magazine cover,” Dugan said.

The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It raises money for the Met’s Costume Initiative and attendees’ fashion is often a highlight.

An art gallery will be located in the Hoynak room, featuring the work of student artists and members of the campus art honorary, Alpha Rho Tau, according to SAB staff adviser Maddie Clark.

“The art honorary will have some of their pieces in the Hoynak room, similar to the actual Met, so that will be a unique feature,” Clark said. “I’m really excited to see how that turns out, and we’re glad that we can partner with the art honorary.”

According to Clark, Saturday’s event will have something for everyone. 

“There could be food, or the live music for dancing, or just listening too. Also, going and looking at the art and mingling and chatting with friends,” Clark said. “I think there are a variety of things to do.”  

Students should attend President’s Ball even if it is not for dancing, but

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The best of the Met: President’s Ball fashion edition

Students wear glamorous outfits for President’s Ball.
Josefina Cuddeback | Collegian

New York Fashion Week. The Met Gala. President’s Ball. These events seem to have everything in common (think lavish outfits, notable attendees), and almost nothing differentiating them except location. But from the red carpets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the art-deco carpets of the Searle Center, the name of the game is the same: eye-catching statement pieces with a story.

As is natural with events of this import, press members flock to observe and critique the looks of the evening, and make a final statement about who can claim the title “best dressed.” But what makes someone best dressed? Doesn’t best just imply the most good? What is the Good? If we knew what the Good was, Hillsdale would lose its advertising niche and enrollment would plummet. Given the ambiguity of the term, we  instead opted  to highlight several unique takes on “good” attire for the evening. 

The Glam Gown  

Freshman Cassandra DeVries turned heads in a strapless, floor length black gown, complete with sequins and long gloves. When asked about the inspiration for the gown, DeVries did not disappoint with the backstory. “I broke up with my boyfriend for 12 hours”. She immediately sought out the Kalamazoo boutiques, and purchased the revenge dress in the 12 hours before it became clear that her boyfriend, another Hillsdale attendee, didn’t know they had broken up and the whole thing was a misunderstanding. A happy misunderstanding, as DeVries kept the dress and looked stunning when the two attended the event together this past Saturday. 

The Twist on the Timeless 

Junior Amy Mills also turned out for the event in a floor length number, but incorporated an off-the-shoulder fur stole, reminiscent of 20th century Hollywood and stars such as Greta

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