Besides victimizing people who are currently without significant others by accentuating the wonderful world of love and romance they aren’t a part of, Valentine’s Day is also criticized for being a holiday obsessed with extortion—some say it shouldn’t be a holiday at all because love should be celebrated every day instead of once a year.
By hosting an all-hall V-Day dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 23, Hospers Hall made a statement saying the season of love did not die with the passing of February 14.
Hospers RD Annabell DuMez first introduced the V-Day dinner six years ago when she first set up shop in Hospers Hall.
“I wanted to do something special for the girls around Valentine’s Day together as hall,” she said.
What makes this event so special is the surprise that every freshman receives each year. DuMez contacts the parents of every resident of Hospers several weeks prior to the event and asks them to send a gift and keep it secret from their daughters. The freshmen are then completely surprised as they receive a belated Valentine’s Day treat from their families.
“One of my favorite parts of the event is seeing the faces of the girls who don’t know the gifts are coming,” she said.
Each year the event also has a different theme that encourages the girls to get dressed up in creative costumes. Last year’s theme was “Best Couples” and included the traditional pairs of salt and pepper, Bert and Ernie, rock, paper and scissors, wind, fire and water, cut and paste and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
For this year’s theme of “Obsession,” Hospers girls sported costumes representing kittens, Dr. Pepper, Lady Gaga, Sound of Music, Star Wars, sleep, sports, magazines, princesses and all kinds of random infatuations.
Now the Hospers V-Day dinner isn’t just about frilly love, gifts, chocolate and confetti hearts; there’s also a hardcore competition.
Each girl who dressed up participated in a walk-off as they competed to gain the favor of the audience. After the magnitude of applause selected the finalists from each floor, this year’s clear winner was freshman Amber Amundson modeling her obsession with the Joker’s crazy jester girlfriend Harley Quinn.
After dominating the runway, Amundson was excited but mostly shocked by her success.
“I figured that people would be super creeped out,” she said. “Sadistic clowns have that effect on people, I guess.”
The competitive side of Hospers residents isn’t confined to the fashion runway.
At 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 (tonight), Hospers will be hosting the first all-campus, open four-square tournament in the lounge. All students are invited to come and relive the joys of elementary school while competing for a cake as the grand prize. There is a $1 entrance fee and all proceeds will be going to support The Bridge.
If you’re wondering what you’ll be up against, Hospers has some pretty legit four-square competitors.
“I might be the queen of four-square,” DuMez said. “They can try to dethrone me, but they can just go home cause it’s not gonna happen.”
Fighting words anyone?