Friday October 19, 2018, was the night Eastern Michigan University (EMU) students had a chance to get dressed up for the night at the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s second annual black-tie event they call the “Black Out Party” in McKenny Ballroom from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
When walking up to the event, first observation is a red carpet and background for photos was placed outside the ballroom entrance for anyone to have a chance to “walk the red carpet” and take as many photos as they like with a photographer to show off their glammed looks. Photos could be taken before or anytime during the event.
Walking into the ballroom, there were tables set around for people to sit, a dance floor area, a DJ booth and in the back the food and beverages were placed. The beginning started off a little slow giving guests a chance to enjoy the food first and listening to music. As time went on the amount of people began filling in and various dance music played.
There were a few people that attended who didn’t know didn’t know one another, but it didn’t matter when it came to the music. Everyone joined together on the dance floor and soon got to know and connect with someone else and had a great time.
The Blackout black-tie event will happen another year and is something the fraternity wants to continue as a tradition to give students a chance to dress up and not worry about academics for a night.
“This event is basically like a semi-formal type of event, it’s not a lot of these events [dress up events] on campus. It’s around mid-term season so we want people to kind of wind down and enjoy themselves,” said by Eugene Lowe, member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. “I think today’s event went smooth, it went well. People came out dressed and it went how we wanted it to go, nice photography and nice music from the DJ.”