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Friday night the Spirit Team and Resident Housing Association (RHA) held an event that some thought might never come. After talking and working with administration, the Spirit Team was given approval to host the event Win-A-Date with a Prairie Star.

The original date for the event was scheduled back in February, but due to an administrative, the event was postponed. “There was some trouble with the term ‘auction’ and was taken the wrong way” commented JC Brown, an executive member of Spirit Team.

One issue that was brought up was the auctioning off of people.  Administration argued that auctioning people was like slavery or prostitution. To combat this, executive members Natalie To and CheVaughn Starling sat down and worked out the issues.

The key solution was instead of auctioning off athletes, the volunteers would be raffled off by participants purchasing tickets and placing them in a bag with the athlete’s name on it. With the help of SGA, the Spirit Team and RHA were able to once again host the event.

The Spirit Team hosted the event to help raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as its club, in which half the proceeds would be donated to. They had a financial goal of $200 for the evening.

However, after the delay of the first event there was doubt that the event would be a success. “I thought it was going to be a flop,” commented Starling. “I was praying the whole night for a good turn out.”

To the Spirit Team’s surprise, the turnout was more than what they were expecting. “I thought it was amazing,” Brown said. “I did not expect this kind of a turnout.”

Not only was the Spirit Team surprised, but so were students who attended the event. “It was a surprisingly large turnout. People seemed to enjoy their time and raise money for Make-A-Wish,” commented sophomore Cory Willhite.

During the raffle, the crowd cheered for the students who had won a date with a Prairie Star. If a student won a date, there was a list of options for dates to go on. The list included: lunch or dinner at the Food Emporium or Founders’ Grill, RIP the Runway on April 20, Party Row, My Voice: Personal Perspectives in Poetry, dodgeball, casino night, lobby day, BMCS talent show, billiards tournament, Springfest events, hang out in the Stars Lounge, or any student life or school related activity between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Once all the athletes had been raffled off, the Spirit Team made roughly $137 for the night. Although the Spirit Team fell short of their financial goal, the event was a success. “Overall, the turnout was amazing and the students enjoyed it and it was very fun,” Brown said. “One of the reasons we did this was to help get students to meet someone new and to get to know them better. It was a way to promote social life here on campus.”

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