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An Athenian Affair

by Claire Barnett

Story by Vanderbilt Hustler February 5th, 2018

On Friday, February 2, 2018, Commons Ball took place in the Commons Center on Peabody Campus. The annual event, planned by the Commons house presidents, was called "An Athenian Affair." Students of every year attended the gala in everything from sweatpants to formal wear to greek costumes.

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Grace Nanney, the president of Memorial House, told us that "organizing Commons Ball was definitely a lot of work, but it was totally worth it."She also explained that the Office of the Ingram Commons has a influential role in coordinating the evening.

"They make sure that everything goes as planned, so without them Commons Ball would not have been possible."

At 10:15PM, all of the house presidents performed a choreographed dance for hundreds of their peers. The routine, which featured each of the house flags, was greeted with cheers and laughter.

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A second-year international student from Greece offered another perspective on the event.

"I don't pay $60,000 a year for gyros that look like slices of ham," she remarked sarcastically, adding that it was a further disappointment that "there was no cake."

However, the Greek student did feel that the house presidents got one important thing right - "the decorations were good." Additionally, she stated that she appreciates all of the work that goes into Commons Ball.

"They really try to give the freshmen a great experience where they can dress up and feel like part of a community. That feeling doesn’t come with quality food and cake. It comes from seeing the hard work people put into a fun party that brings everyone together for a good time."

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Nanny felt that the event was ultimately a success.

"Overall, it was an awesome experience and I am so blessed to have been a part of it."

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Footnote: Photos by Claire Barnett // The Vanderbilt Hustler