Jan. 26, UWT hosted their 10th annual winter ball at the Tacoma Paper and Stationary building on campus. The “Great Gatsby” themed extravaganza was organized by the Student Activities Board as their annual winter event.
The party kicked off at 8 p.m. and lasted late into the night, wrapping up at around 11 p.m. Students from all backgrounds came to dance, mingle, snack and celebrate UWT. Tickets were $5 for UWT students and $7 for non-students. The annual winter ball usually takes place around late January to early February, and is an incentive to get students involved on campus and create a campus community.
The dance floor was adorned with black and gold balloons and completed with a DJ who played crowd favorites such as “The Cha Cha Slide” and “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown. Guests sparkled and dazzled in evening wear apparel, the SAB provided a photo booth area for students to capture the night, and there was a snack booth with an arrangement of cheese, crackers, fruits and chocolate to indulge upon.
Nhu Vuong, a senior studying Accounting reflects, “I didn’t like the location being at TPS because the large pillars made the space awkward. But I had a great time with my friends!”
Paul Duma, UWT freshman, attended the winter ball for the first time.
“At first it didn’t seem like too many people were interested. But as the night carried on it got really fun as more people came and started to dance,” Duma said. “The event caught life!”
The winter ball wrapped up as students and guests exited the building carrying both balloons and smiles straight from the dance floor. For those who missed out on UWT’s take on a Gatsby party — there is always next year.
Until then, visit the SAB’s social media to see pictures from the ball and stay updated on any upcoming school events.
Alyssa majors in urban studies and community development. She is interested in and concerned about issues in Tacoma that impact the community. She is obsessed with all things chocolate and piggies.