Back to school dance draws small crowd
By Susan Walley
Senior Staff Writer
The Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE) hosted the Back to School dance Jan. 11 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. ACE hosts a back to school dance at the beginning of each semester.
This semester’s dance saw a smaller turnout than most, according to Director of Student Life Robert Cooper. Cooper estimated 500 students and guests attended the dance and said that similar dances can often see a turnout of up to 1000.
There was so few people that they only filled half of a basketball court.
While there you could see some people dancing, some standing there in a circle and some sitting around the edges.
The majority of the people didn’t start arriving until 12 p.m.
There was only one incident during the dance. It was only public display of alcohol.
The person was charged on the campus level for underage display.
The back to school dance has become a tradition on the UNCP campus, which allows it to occur with less planning than other events may require, according to Symphony Oxendine, associate director of student life and ACE advisor.
Student Government Association Treasurer Katina Bowie announced during the Jan. 16 meeting that the dance brought in $828 in revenue.
This revenue, according to Oxendine, will be used to finance future ACE events.
The next major event to be hosted by ACE will be the Spring Fling from April 7 to 11. Revenues from the dance will likely be used to fund entertainment and freebees for the Spring Fling.