Starting at 10 p.m. on April 7, Mills Lawn transformed into a neon party zone with groups of students gathered under tents, covering each other with bright-colored paint. A DJ pumped out music to accompany the technicolor students running and dancing with each other. No, this was not some haphazard rave, it was DayGlow, sponsored by All Campus Events (ACE) and members of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL). Non Compis Mentis (NCM), Chi Omega (Chi O), and Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) provided the glow sticks and paint, DJ, and manpower respectively.
ACE Director Gabriela Chassagne ’13, who oversaw DayGlow, was extremely satisfied with how the night turned out. “We had at least 300 people here at the beginning of the night, because we ordered food for 200 people and had to refill, so this was a really good event.” Obviously, putting on a good event involved a lot of hard work on the parts of FSL and ACE. “We had to figure out what kind of paint to use, we had to buy it, we had to get school approval, find a DJ and make sure that the four organizations were working well together,” Chassagne said toward the end of the evening. She, like almost everyone else in attendance, was covered from head to toe in neon paint.
I had so much fun out on Mills. It was a fun change to the typical Thursdays downtown: free food, great DJ, friends and getting messy. I seriously could not have asked for a better combination! – Gabriella Chassagne ’13
Emma Johnson ’14, member of NCM, agreed that there was a lot of work behind making Day- Glow a success. “We made all of the posters, we bought the paint, and we bought and sold the shirts.” Chi O member Stephanie Toft ’14 added, “The hardest part was advertising the event because we really didn’t know what to do or where to start.”
It became even more complicated when the original DayGlow was postponed due to severe weather conditions. “We were really nervous because we had built it up so much to be that day, but it all went smoothly in the end,” said Chassagne. Despite all of the difficulties in putting DayGlow together, Jack Allen ’13, member of TKE, was still satisfied with how everything turned out. “I would do it all again in a heartbeat,” he said.
ACE is already looking forward to its next event, a pool party meets drive-in movie theater that will potentially be hosted by the swim team and the Student Government Association. Save the date for Hit the Deck on April 22.