Fire & Ice Semiformal
“Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.”
But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”
“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost
From Harper’s Magazine, December 1920
Fire and Ice was the perfect theme for this year’s PRSSA semiformal. Allyson Corona, Director of Development, suggested the Fire and Ice theme to connect to the semiformal’s Firehouse venue. It was the ultimate combination of opposites.
Planning for the semiformal started at the beginning of spring semester. A lot of work went into making sure every detail was covered. The semiformal committee researched multiple venue options and collaborated to find the best location. Firehouse was the clear winner.
After the venue was finalized, all of the other details seemed to fall into place. Member, John Gallagher, led the semiformal committee to decide on decorations. The final decoration decision included white Christmas lights, window paint, candles, rose petals, streamers and red and white roses. The simple, yet classy decorations completely transformed the upstairs of Firehouse to perfectly fit the theme.
“We wanted to give a special thanks to Kelsey Carey, Lisa Crocco, Kim Nowlan, Heather Van Buskirk, Genevieve Prendergast, Brian De Pasqua and Bruce Quincy for helping set up and clean up. It would not have been possible to get everything done without their help,” said Corona.
While the lights and decorations created a Fire and Ice ambiance, DJ Joe created a fun and inviting atmosphere. “We had such an amazing time from start to finish! We loved DJ Joe and the dancing,” said Development committee member Heather Van Buskirk. DJ Joe played the playlist created by our members as well as a few of his own favorites that in the end, made everyone want to put on their dancing shoes.
“It was a great time with great people. It made me realize how amazing PRSSA is and how wonderful these people are. I can’t wait for next year to create even more memories,” said Kim Nowlan, an active member of the Development committee.
I enjoy being social chair the most when I see how people react when they come to these events. These socials would not be possible without the help of Allyson Corona, Director of Development, the executive board, members of Development and PRSSA as a whole. Having so many members attend socials means a lot to me. It truly makes all the hard work worth it. As the night came to an end, clouds and pouring rain came around the bend. As only Adele could explain, “we set fire to the rain.”