A ball for all

| Andrea Hucke reporter |

“Who doesn’t like to get fancy?” said Kimberlee Fields, president of Black Student Association, in reference to the Black & Gold Ball scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. The ball is part of BSA’s various activities to celebrate Black History Month.
Fields, junior in psychology, says she is looking forward to the ball.
The event is open to all Pitt State students and will feature a night of food, fun and dancing. BSA expects it to be an evening for students to take a break and have a good time relaxing and mingling with friends.
“It’s the first time that our club has put on an event like this,” Fields said. “I’m excited, because it’ll just be fun for everyone to get fancy and dressed up and relax with each other for the night.”
Fields says that those who plan to attend the ball should dress to impress.
“I know people don’t just have prom dresses lying around, but wear something formal,” she said. “You know, dresses and heels for the girls and slacks for the guys.”
Fields added that the approaching dance is just one of the many events the association has put on in February to celebrate Black History Month.
“This is kind-of how we’re finishing all the activities we’ve been doing this month,” she said. “It’s our way to wrap everything up.”
BSA has been busy with gatherings in honor of this month. Last week the club, along with the Student Activities Council, sponsored the “We Love Diversity” art event, BSA Date Auction and “The Butler” treat night.
“All the events we’ve been putting on are about spreading diversity. We are a part of the Student Diversity Office, after all,” Fields said. “We are always encouraging people to come join us, come out and be a part of events, no matter where they’re from or what their ethnic background is.”
This group of students keeps busy during other times of the year, as well. They participate in community service outreach and partner with other student groups out of the Office of Student Diversity. BSA has been known to work with organizations such as Hispanics of Today and the Native American Student Association.
In addition to on-campus activities, the organization also attends the Big 12 Black Leadership Conference held every year in the spring.
“The conference is hosted by one of the Big 12 schools, and it just gives us the chance to attend workshops, network with other people and learn how to be better leaders,” Fields said.
As for the dance, it will be a networking opportunity of its own. Fields is sure that everything will be ready for the evening. “We’ve got the menu, the decorations, the advertising, now we just need people to attend,” she said.

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