D.C. Diary: Prom part two

April 7, 2000
St. Mary’s Court
7:30 p.m.

The adage you’re only as old as you feel was proven Friday night as senior citizens of the St. Mary’s Court Housing Development danced the night away, courtesy of two campus Greek-letter organizations. Members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and Sigma Kappa sorority put together a senior prom for the residents of the housing development as part of an annual philanthropy project.

Kappa Sigma members escorted female residents to the prom in the complex next to New Hall, while the Sigma Kappas did the same for the male residents. The couples stayed together throughout the night and helped each other mingle. Dressed in fancy gowns and tuxedos, all the residents smiled happily as they entered the newly transformed dining hall of the St. Mary’s complex. The night’s theme, A Night Under the Stars was fitting as the dining room sparkled with all the decorations and the bright smiles of the seniors. Glittering stars and party balloons filled the dining room.

The students did such a good job putting together this event, said Beatrice Watson, St. Mary’s administrator. In a matter of 15 minutes, the dining hall was transformed into a whole new place. This whole night was so well-organized. We are all very grateful.

Modeled after a real prom, partygoers snacked on chocolate brownies and fruit and sipped party punch. They elected a prom king and queen. While many residents said the dancing was the best part of the evening, others just welcomed the youthful company.

They just really enjoy the idea of having some new people around to talk with, said Assistant Administrator Marifran Langvardt. The residents are so excited about this whole night.

Sitting down with a few students and engaging in good conversation was the best part of the event for some residents. They eagerly asked questions about the students and shared the stories of their own lives as well.

I haven’t seen so many people under 60 in one place for a long time, said Hazel Neave, a resident at St. Mary’s Court. I love talking with them and finding out what different places everyone comes from.

I think philanthropy is very important, said Lauren Blumenthal, a member of Sigma Kappa. Extending Greek life out of the of GW community with these community service events is also very important.

The residents said they wouldn’t mind participating in another event.

I hope that this will happen again,’ said Joan Robinson, a St. Mary’s Court resident for the last three years. We see enough of old people around here. I love talking with young people.

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