Over 300 people enjoyed a lively evening filled with dancing, performances and companionships.
The Union of African American Students (UAAS) hosted their Second Annual Ruby Ball in the Muenster University Center Ballroom on Saturday.
Ashley Charlie, one of the emcees and event coordinator, said the Ruby Ball gives students an opportunity to dress up and have fun on a Saturday night.
“It has been a long time since high school prom for most people,” Charlie said. “Especially for those not involved with sororities and fraternities, so I feel this is a great way for everyone to feel included.”
Marcus Destin, president of UAAS, performed several original songs along his friend Les.
One of the most important aspects of the Ruby Ball, Charlie said is to raise money for Dakotathon.
The Ruby Ball also included the presentation of the U.N.I.T.Y awards to students and faculty. The Unique Award was given to Saeed Dabbour; the Nobility Award was given to John Howe, Associate Dean of Students; the Integrity Award was given to Angela Haglund; the Tenacious Award was given to Roma Triveti; and finally the Youthful Award was given to Marcus Destin, president of UAAS.
Aramark provided the cuisine for the Ruby Ball which included goat cheese grits and shrimp with honey butter.
Patisepa Tua’i, a sophomore, said the Ruby Ball has grown in popularity already, even in its short time on campus.
“There are a lot more people here than last year,” Tua’i said. “The atmosphere is really good and there are a lot more people on the dance floor which is awesome.”
The Ruby Ball is an opportunity for students to break out their old high school prom dresses, high heels and tuxes to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness at USD, and this year was another successful event Charlie said.
Elisabeth Vosburg, a senior, said she came to the event with a group of friends last year but this time they brought dates.
“It’s exciting to have an excuse to dress up, go out, dance and have tons of fun for a night,” Vosburg said.