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Ring Dance returns to MSC

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

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Dustin O’Donnell — THE BATTALION

Ring Dance attendees mingle in the MSC Courtyard during the 2012 Ring Dance.

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Dustin O’Donnell — THE BATTALION

Ring Dance attendees dance in the new MSC Ballroom Saturday night. All former students were invited to Ring Dance.

Aggies rediscovered lost cities on Saturday by pulling a sword from its stone in Camelot, mingling with the Greek gods on Olympus, swimming underwater in Atlantis and finding gold in El Dorado at the 2012 Ring Dance.

The 77th annual Ring Dance was held in the newly renovated Memorial Student Center. Almost 1,800 Aggies attended, 700 more than last year.

“We were thrilled about the near 1,800 people we had in attendance. It was fantastic. We had a great, great Ring Dance,” said Tony Rosati, sophomore biomedical sciences major and Class Councils member.

The Lost Cities theme for Ring Dance gave Class Councils room for creativity in decorating each room for party-goers. Features of the rooms included karaoke, a live band, dancing, plenty of refreshments and a gambling casino.

“My favorite room is Camelot,” junior industrial distribution major Matt Weigel said. “Gambling and karaoke are fun, but Camelot is where you get to dance, you get to eat, you get to take goofy pictures. It’s got it all.”

True to Ring Dance tradition, Aggies had the opportunity to take photos under a replica of the Aggie Ring. Seniors walk under the ring and they or their date will turn their Aggie Ring around so that the class year faces out, symbolizing their transition to a former student and willingness to face the world.

“I’m a graduating senior, and Ring Dance felt like a good way to celebrate spending four years here,” said Leah Stockstill, international studies and sociology major. “My favorite part was all the different photo opportunities.”

Rosati, who was the director for the El Dorado room, said all 150 members of Class Councils helped set up Ring Dance and worked to make it a success.

“We were put in charge of creating a room based on a preconceived theme. We built this room from the ground up,” Rosati said. “The challenge of doing it is whenever you envision something you think it’s going to go a certain way, but it doesn’t always look that good in reality. This year, the room went above and beyond my expectations. It looks way better than it did in my head.”

Ring Dance is the largest fundraiser Class Councils organizes and all profits support the Class of 2012’s class gift.

“It’s the last event that the senior class gets to have together,” said Michael Cook, senior biomedical engineering major and co-director of Ring Dance.

“[Planning] went as well as we could possibly have expected it to go, and everybody had a great time, so that’s exciting.”

With the reopening of the MSC, Class Councils invited former students as well as seniors to attend.

“It’s cool to have all the old Ags here,” Cook said. “It’s special for them too, since it’s in the MSC. There was a couple that got their rings 45 years ago and came and took a picture together tonight.”

A raffle and yell practice in the Bethancourt Family Ballroom capped off the night.

“It was really good to see Ring Dance come together,” Cook said. “All in all, the process went way smoother than I could have expected. Just seeing how many people are here you know it’s a success. Our goal was to increase attendance and we’re really pleased that it worked.”

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