On Friday, September 25, Trinity students of all ages came together to celebrate the universityâ€™s annual homecoming week with a long-standing tradition: the Tigerfest dance. With a unique theme each year, Tigerfest serves as a great opportunity for students to dance the night away with friends, both new and old. This yearâ€™s theme was the Roaring 20â€™s, and members of the Student Programming Board worked hard to create the most unforgettable night possible.
Several months of planning are devoted to organizing the event so that itâ€™s as successful and enjoyable as possible.
â€œThe first two things we did were booking the venue and choosing a date for the event. This happened last semester around April or May and weâ€™ve been working on Tigerfest from then till the day of Tigerfest,â€ said Devina Kumar, junior and traditions chair of the Student Programming Board. After securing the venue, the board works on setting up the event.
â€œWe got the venue, food, DJ, lighting, security, buses and photobooth first, then came PR and give-aways, and finally giving out tickets and setting-up at the venue,â€ Kumar said.
As the traditions chair, Kumar had several important responsibilities when it came to planning Tigerfest.
â€œEverything from setting a date for Tigerfest to the decorations at the venue was my responsibility. In a nutshell, venue, lighting, food, DJ, theme, buses, photobooth, getting security, ordering give-aways falls under the responsibility of the tradition chairs,â€ Kumar said.
Despite having several tremendous tasks for setting up Tigerfest, the traditions chair made sure she was able to enjoy the evening herself.
â€œIâ€™ve been attending Tigerfest since my first year and I always have a blast. I did dress up according to the theme! I was also very impressed by how everyone else did too,â€ Kumar said.
As someone who has attended several Tigerfest dances as a student, the current traditions chair has a great appreciation for the event and how it affects Trinity.
â€œThe best thing about Tigerfest is that it caters to all students. It is somewhere between attending a college-supervised event and going to a club,â€ Kumar said.
Tigerfest uniquely attracts students with varying interests in entertainment, and itâ€™s hard not to appreciate that.
â€œWhat is cool is that this event brings together students who go to either one those types of events,â€ Kumar said.
The Roaring 20â€™s theme proved successful, as many students who attended Tigerfest had a blast.
â€œI went to the one last year as well; I personally enjoyed this yearâ€™s dance more,â€ said sophomore Addison White.
The theme provided a great opportunity for students to dress in a new style, which many enjoyed.
â€œI pinned my hair into a faux bob with a headband and wore lots of pearls,â€ White said.
Students had reacted well to the many other elements of the 20â€™s incorporated at the event.
â€œI really liked this yearâ€™s Tigerfest! I think everyone involved did a really great job of incorporating the theme into the dance. From the venue, to the decorations, to the occasional swing music played by the deejay, Iâ€™d say the theme was a success,â€ White said.
For other students, this Tigerfest was their first.
â€œIt was a lot like a more mature high school dance,â€ said William Marsh, first-year. â€œI dressed in theme and wore a black English cut suit, white shirt, silk bow tie. There were a lot of other people dressed [like me], enough that it made it feel in theme. The great big staircase didnâ€™t hurt. It felt very Gatsby-like.â€
Attendees also noted how Tigerfest successfully brought students of all ages together to create a fun, memorable evening.
â€œTaking pictures with friends at the hall was the most fun part of the evening,â€ Marsh said.
Whether youâ€™re a new student or a returning guest, itâ€™s clear that this yearâ€™s Tigerfest was one for the books. The Roaring 20â€™s theme guided another successful dance, ensuring this tradition will continue for years to come.