Beeson Ball was held at the McWane Science Center on March 24.
The event began in the fall of 2005 as a formal dance for the residents of Beeson Woods to enjoy, but over time it has grown to encompass the entire campus. Every undergraduate student is invited, Greek and independent.
Many freshman students were delighted to discover that they could go to a formal with all of their friends.
“I think it’s important to have an event for everyone to go to,” said freshman Hope Maddox.
Other students said that the ball made them feel included. “I really enjoyed dances in high school, and I miss getting all dressed up and having fun with my friends,” said freshman Mary Katherine Owen. “When I heard about the Beeson Ball, I was happy that independents are invited, too, because most of the time I think we (are) forgotten. I’m excited to go to at least one event and make fun memories with my friends!”
Upperclassmen on campus agree.
“Having an event like the Beeson Ball is important,” said sophomore Carter Harbin. “Most student organizations do a great job of being open and exclusive.”
Junior Sara Asmann said, “I think it’s important to have a function like Beeson Ball because Samford does have a diverse ratio in that regard where half the campus is Greek and half is independent.”
Asmann was on the committee for the Beeson Ball and worked the event.
“I think Beeson Ball is so much fun, and it gets the whole campus together and excited about something. I love the fact that it’s free so it’s accessible to all students,” said Asmann.
When asked if coordinating and planning the event is hard, she said, “I would imagine so. Lauren Brown, the Residence Life Coordinator, is in charge of it all, and I pretty much show up and do what I’m told.”
Brown said that planning the Beeson Ball is a lot of fun, and that the hardest part of the process is choosing the best food. This year, there were finger foods and dessert as well as a DJ and a photo booth.
McKenzi Marlow, Features Writer
[Photo courtesy of Carolyn Grace Phillips; Pictured: back row, left to right: Holli Lemons and Olivia Hutto; front row, left to right: Carolyn Grace Phillips, Abbie Rigg and Abigail Hawkins]