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Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on September 29, 2009

news_presball_091On Friday, September 25 at 8 p.m., Fairfield University kicked off the fifth annual Presidential Ball. Hosted by The Reverend Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., the ball, which was held on Bellarmine Lawn, was a night to remember – with dancing, hor’s d’oeuvres, and hours of fun with friends and classmates.

Throughout the week leading up to the event, expectations were high and the talk on campus was all about the Presidential Ball. Upperclassmen who had gone previous years could be heard convincing freshmen to secure a ticket to the memorable event, and they were proven right – many memories were made and friendships strengthened by the end of the four-hour event.

Father von Arx greeted each guest as they arrived with a handshake and a hello, and on some cases with a photograph. Once inside the tent, it was impossible to avoid the dance floor, although there were plenty of seats at tables at the front of the tent. Some who waited patiently in line were able to get their photographs taken in a free photo booth, and the DJ took song requests all night.

Students danced until midnight, when the party officially ended, but the night was only just beginning. For those not exhausted by dancing, the event was capped off with an after party from 12-2:30 located in the Oak room of the BCC, and hosted by UMOJA, an African American and Caribbean Student Association that promotes campus life and diversity with campus activities. Overall, a great end to a great night!

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