Second annual Beaux Art Ball will reward best-dressed pirate

Jacqui Becker

ISU students are invited to find the hidden treasure at the Second Annual Beaux Art Ball.

Those in search of entertainment, dancing, games and prizes may don their best pirate costume and join the Design Council tonight at 8 until midnight for the ball. It will be held in the College of Design Atrium and costs $3.

Last year, the event hosted a crowd of about 200 people, and because of that success, council members said they want to make the event annual, said Emily Little, Design Council president.

Sharon O’Halloran, member of the Design Council, said she was proud the college is sponsoring the ball.

“Other colleges have a night for students to reflect on their colleges,” said O’Halloran, sophomore in interior design. “It’s important that we do this, too.”

Those who come dressed in the best pirate outfit will take home $100 for first place, a CD player for second place, and a pirate movie pack for third place, said Little, senior in architecture.

The concept of the costumes is to encourage students’ artistic ability.

“The contest is based solely on creativity,” Little said. “It’s not about who bought the most expensive outfit at Wal-Mart.”

Besides costume prizes, many other prizes will be given to attendees. Gift certificates, food, candy and even goldfish will be awarded to winners in limbo contests, Pin-the-Eye-on-the-Pirate and a treasure hunt for tiny chests.

The ISU Ballroom Dance Club will be giving swing lessons during the ball from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a DJ will provide the musical entertainment for the rest of the evening.

Little said she is pleased with the hard work and dedication of the 10 council members.

“The Design Council is absolutely fabulous,” she said. “They’ve been working so hard, and I know they have so many [class] projects they’re working on, too.”

She has heard about some costume ideas and said the event will be a success.

O’Halloran also said she is optimistic about the event.

“I hope there’s a good turnout,” she said. “It’ll be a good time.”