Monster Ball returns for sixth year

The gloomy grounds of Washington State University Vancouver were quiet save for the sound of a steady falling rain. Not a soul could be seen wandering about the empty campus on such a dark and lonely Halloween eve.

A lone student shivered in the darkness. The streetlights did little to guide the way in light of the drizzly dusk. A creeping paranoia began to rise up from the mist that had crept onto campus. The lone figure hastened their step. There in the distance, marked by a soft light… shelter.

The student broke into a run, splashing across the path and bounding through the doors of Firstenburg Student Commons. Suddenly, a mysterious figure slowly and silently approached. Though most of her face lay in shadows by the sweeping brim of her pointed hat, her mouth could be seen and it began to speak.

“Tonight,” Junior Sandie Burk said, “we’re going to get chocolate-wasted.” Burke motioned towards the plethora of candy and sweets piled in great heaps across the tables in anticipation for the evening’s Monster Ball, WSU Vancouver’s annual Halloween dance.

Cougar Pride Club hosted the dance, already in its sixth year, in a joint effort with KOUG Radio, Student Diversity, the Student Activities Board, and the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver.

The theme of this year’s dance was “Faceless Façade Masquerade.” Students were urged to clad themselves in their spookiest attire and could don masquerade masks provided at the event then hit the dance floor and groove out to music provided by KOUG Radio.

Throughout the night, a conga line, a limbo trial, a hula-hoop competition, and contests for best-dressed and best masquerade costume were held. The night ended with a watch and dance-along to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” “I look forward to events like these all year,” Senior Destiny Lemco said.

While the event was free and open to everyone, attendees were requested to bring nonperishable food donations for the Cougar food pantry or to make a monetary donation to Triple Point youth group, a service dedicated to supporting queer and trans* youth in Clark County. Triple Point is a local support group that provides “support, counseling, groups and community resources” at no cost, as well as providing a safe space for LGBTQ youth.

The Cougar Pride Club can be contacted via CougSync or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cougarpridewsuv.

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  1. Greg, if you have any of the other pictures you took we would love to post them on the Cougar Pride Club Facebook page.