The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 51
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Dorm event is a big hit after weeks of prep
By KELSEY CHASE, Staff Reporter
Published: February 20, 2013
Motown was rocking Monday night as Moyer Hall hosted the annual Experience Moyer Project from 7-11 p.m. The dorm-wide event was a showcase of residents’ creativity and imagination, featuring elaborately decorated rooms, a student art show and a four-hour program of live music.
The overall theme of the evening was Motown, reflected in the jumbo guitars framing the front entrance, countless blues posters in the lobby and stairwells, and a life-size cut-out of Mohammed Ali on the ground floor.
Each floor was decorated according to a different theme, with the majority of rooms decked out and open for touring.
Third women’s illustrated that “adventure is out there!” with rooms elaborately decorated as Yosemite, the Shire and a picnic under the stars. A fabulously realistic rendition of Narnia featured a doorway crowded by fur coats, a lamppost and Turkish delight.
“The rooms were really detailed, and the painting was ridiculous,” freshman visitor Kyra Osterbaan said. “I was really impressed by the effort everyone put in.”
“It was a blur,” said sophomore Malia White, whose third-floor room was a Doctor Who-lover’s paradise, down to the free paper ties and bowties. “Not many days, but many hours.”
Second women’s was transformed into a movie cinema, complete with faux yellow popcorn on the hallway floors and a large box office sign. Featured showings included Where the Wild Things Are, Ratatouille, the Little Mermaid and Hitchcock’s The Birds. In a darkly lit room, a magnificently-detailed Titanic sank as mannequin-Rose looked on.
“I’ve never seen Titanic,” sophomore visitor Brooks Bolsinger said. “But this is so cool. I just want to sit in here with a bowl of popcorn and take it all in.”
The first and only men’s floor became the Mighty Moyer Mall for the evening, complete with Pottery Barn, Abercrombie and Fitch, and an eerily authentic Victoria’s Secret. A heavily-stocked Mattress World and bustling Starbucks, serving free Sixth Hill Coffee Roasters coffee, were also big attractions.
“We started with preparations about two weeks ago,” sophomore Moyer resident Michaela Farner said. Painting began in earnest a week ago, and President’s Day weekend has been nothing but EMP.
“We’ve been up ‘til 3 a.m. every day this weekend,” said first men’s Peer Adviser Matthew Schueller. “But it’s been worth it to see the transformation in the last couple of days.”
Bonding between and on floors has been another added benefit. To complete their rooms’ look, many residents have borrowed supplies, clothing and other belongings (can we say mattresses?) from friends and even pitched in on additional projects. “It’s gathered the entire dorm together,” Farner said. “We’ve literally gotten to know everyone.”
And the long hours have paid off. On Monday night, students from all dorms packed the Moyer hallways and rooms and rubbed shoulders in the ‘1.5’ lounge, transformed into a small concert hall. Musical acts included Shaun and Bella, This Is Your Captain Speaking, and River & Reeds.
Additional attractions included the third floor lounge, quaintly papered in pink and black and offering a photo booth and student art exhibit, and the movie lounge turned Hairspray set. A late-night feature, Club X, in the CFL lounge also drew visitors.
Visitors campus-wide were impressed by the talent and personality on display, and for those on their first visit to Moyer this year, the event was a pleasant and eye-opening surprise.
“It’s a great attraction to bring people to Moyer,” sophomore visitor Daniel Mudge said.
Let’s hope this rocking first impression keeps them coming back for more!