The 2015 Black Student Union Cabaret Formal was held Feb. 27 at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel.
The event kicked off with an award ceremony, recognizing students’ academic achievements and leadership involvement. Class awards were given to students at each level of class standing: De’andre Gaskins (Freshman Class Award), Brana Hill (Sophomore Class Award), Torron Mollet (Junior Class Award), and Marishika Wright (Senior Class Award). The awards banquet continued with the Citizenship Award recipient, Arian Fulcher, who was recognized for her efforts to represent herself in a manner that displays leadership, determination and professionalism. Two GPA awards were given to students Jarret Boxley and Amber Foster for achieving above a 3.5 QPA average over their years at Clarion. The awards continued by recognizing distinguished faculty members who mentor a multiplicity of students on campus and model the way for students to follow.
“If you ever heard knowledge is power, don’t believe it. Determination is power and you are some of the most determined students I know,” said Chad Thomas, one recipient of the faculty awards.
The event included dinner in the form of a three-course meal consisting of house salad, meat lasagna or stuffed chicken and strawberry cheesecake. After dinner, students participated in unofficial voting of best dressed female, awarded to Shaquin Stewart and best dressed male, awarded to Amir Bermudez. A final award was given to the best dressed couple, Traesha Pritchard and Dewayne Anderson, for their effortless style and grace during the ceremony.
“The cabaret was an amazing event, and I had tons of fun. I personally would like to thank our president and the rest of the board who made it possible.” said BSU Vice President Dewayne Anderson. “As a board we had a vision for this event, and that vision came to life.”
This event closed the Minority Student Services 28 Days of Black. Everyday in the month of February, a Minority Student Organization hosted an event that represented their organization and black history month.
“The Cabaret was the final celebration of this month. We wanted to convey a message to Clarion that all cultures deserve to be celebrated but especially make sure we dedicated this month specifically to celebrating African American culture and all the great things we have accomplished,” said Pritchard, president of BSU.
Students plan to make 28 Days of Black and the BSU cabaret a tradition for Clarion University.