Assoc. News Editor
The Black Student Union (BSU) and Peer Health Educators (PHE) collaborated to organize the Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, February 16 from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. The first Sadie Hawkins Dance At Millersville University was created to be a unique social and sexual health awareness event. “Several students approached us with the idea to incorporate the Peer Health Educators,” said BSU President, Marteena Oliphant.
As Marteena explained, Sadie Hawkins was originally a 1937 comic book character that pursued eligible bachelors for fun and enjoyed the consequences that would ensue. Eventually a Sadie Hawkins Dance was created to observe the independent, yet unethical, characteristics of the comic book character.
The dance featured free cupcakes, cookies, punch, PHE plastic cups, cheese and crackers, and music from DJ Will Peoples, a 2011 biology graduate. Also, in an attempt to raise awareness on health issues, the Peer Health Educators provided complimentary condoms and literature on practicing safe sex techniques. Kelsey Sevenske, the Peer Health Educator Student Manager said, “The purpose of this event is to promote empowerment to focus on relationships, sex lives, and to talk about these issues without getting ashamed.”
Oliphant projected that nearly 100 people would attend the Sadie Hawkins Dance. The dance started out slow, as DJ Peoples played popular hip-hop songs, and gradually swelled to nearly 100 attendees near the end of the evening. At various points throughout the night, members from BSU and PHE asked the dancers trivia questions. The winners were awarded an undisclosed prize that could be picked up at the BSU office.
Maryann Caeser, a Millersville Student and Sadie Hawkins Dance participant, saw a poster advertising the dance at the McComsey building.
Caeser didn’t know what to expect, but she was pleased that “they had rubbers available in a tasteful manner.” Other students enjoyed the music selected by DJ Peoples, and indulged in the free treats that were provided by BSU and PHE. Kris Thomas, a member at MUTV and NBS, went to the event with a friend and appreciated the purpose of the event. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students to relax from school, be safe on a Friday, and listen to fun music. I have no complaints,” said Thomas.
Some students, such as Jenn Holtapple, a graduating senior, think the dance could have benefited from better advertising and more diverse music. Holtzapple suggested that techno music would be a nice alternative to rap or hip-hop and that she “expected more people to come.”
Despite both positive and negative views, organizers were happy with the outcome of the Sadie Hawkins Dance. As the night was winding down, Sevenske concluded that the event was mostly successful and that she believed they passed the 100 person objective.