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RHA hosts Y2K-themed throwback party

Solé Scott – Features Editor

The long-awaited 2000’s kickback finally arrived on campus. The resident quad was filled with R&B jams from the aughts. 

The event was held on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The weather was breezy, but that did not stop the fun. 

Sociology and journalism major Yasieli Perez, a sophomore, said she was enjoying the atmosphere and the food served at the event. 

“Just wanted to check it out, the events held by Reslife are always fun,” said Perez. 

Business information major Jahdia Williams, a sophomore, was a resident advisor at Wilkinson and was there to support her residents. 

“I came with one of my residents because I am an R.A. and I wanted her to experience this,” said Williams. 

The activities included tie-dying shirts and a photo booth that was the star of the night as people flocked with their friends to get a picture. 

The line for the cotton candy machine was long as students patiently waited for the delicious treat. The popcorn tasted like movie theater popcorn. 

The photo booth was a 360 camera that circled around them and friends as they stood on the platform.  

There was a competition on who had the best Y2K fit, which resulted in a top prize. Other prizes included an iPad, earbuds, and many more for runners-up. 

The students’ fashion was praised by some icons such as Aaliyah, Devon Aoki and Jessica Alba. 

Healthcare studies major Cristal Rivas-De La Cruz is the president of RHA and is excited to introduce the freshmen to campus. 

“My favorite thing about this event is giving back to the students and welcoming them to the residence life at Southern,” said De La Cruz. 

RHA stands for Residence Hall Association. This organization represents students living on campus. 

When asked what they are looking forward to this semester, two students answered about ambitions they want to tackle this upcoming semester.  

“Getting a 4.0,” said Williams. 

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people, meeting all the new freshmen here at Southern and making them feel welcomed,” said De La Cruz. 

Even though some students were enjoying the event, it was noticeably semi-empty for a music, food and fashion party. Granted it was a Saturday night and students were either home or out in downtown New Haven, yet the party seemed dull. 

Why didn’t more students come to the event? Was there little to no advertisement? 

Do first-year students know when clubs and organizations host an event that will be displayed on Owl Connect? Also, do they follow the university’s Instagram or Residence life? 

Perhaps an event like this should be held on a weekday so more residents and commuters can join the festivities. Maybe it should be held during the day as more traffic will stop by as students have a break. 

Two more suggestions would be to have food such as pizza and pretzels to offer a variety of snacks. Also, hosting the event in the Academic quad.  

Overall, the residence hall party was a success. 

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