by April Conway, Staff Writer
Flashing lights in a dark room, blood red handprints, and dub step. If this is what the impending zombie apocalypse is going to be like, Cedar Crest is ready.
The Zombie Prom was an event held on campus Friday, Nov. 9 and was hosted by OutThere, a student organization that promotes tolerance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) issues in the community.
The Tompkins College Center dining hall was transformed into a simple, yet effective, dance floor of horror: smeared handprints, streamers, video projections, lights, and music combined to make the perfect zombie atmosphere.
Nicole Mertz, the vice president of OutThere and a junior communications major with a concentration in new media, said that it was a new idea for all of campus to enjoy. The idea came about last year but, because of time constraints, was pushed off until this year.
But the timing did not seem to hold up any of the fun. With dancing, snacks, zombie make-up, and fun conversations, there seemed to be few problems.
Though one challenge was “getting the DJ to come out and play tonight,” Mertz said.
The disc jockey did not seem to matter though, when the music started to play. Everyone was on the dance floor having a good time. Ashley Betz, a visiting student, said that this was her favorite part.
“I liked the fact that everyone got involved in dancing. It is group oriented,” stated Betz.
Betz pointed out that there was not much she would change about the prom and said that she really liked the theme. This seemed to be a trend among students that attended.
Courtney Godbolt, a sophomore biology major, agreed on the theme but mentioned one suggestion. If OutThere wanted to do this event again, at least with the same theme, it should be closer to Halloween.
Other positive aspects of the prom were subtler.
It was not the food, music, or socializing that caught the eye of a senior theater major. Jessica Moody was more impressed with the lighting. She actually explained how the lights were “saturated,” and as a lighting designer, that is something she liked.
But even with music, good lighting, food, and conversations with friends, it was the advertising that made the event a success.
OutThere took advantage of social media and well placed flyers to make their event a hit. Bulletin boards announcing the event and Facebook invitations being sent to anyone who was friends with the OutThere club members covered the bases of promotion.
Godbolt, for example, said that she spoke with a member of the OutThere organization and received an invite on Facebook. It really spread the word around campus.
Who thought that a prom dedicated to the living dead would be so popular?