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Kappas have a ball

April 16, 2018

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It is formal season and Monmouth College’s Kappa Kappa Gamma held their annual dance last Saturday night at the Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg Illinois. Going along with Kappa’s traditional jewel, the sapphire, this year’s theme name was “Sapphire Ball.”

Senior, Emilee Livesay, said the decorations were “classy and elegant” following an all blue theme. The tables were decorated with blue and pearls and one of Kappa’s founders, Minnie Stewart, was even incorporated into picture decorations. Erika Cruz, a Monmouth freshman referred to the decorations as “Kappa Klassy.”

The event served a dinner of salad, breadsticks, and pasta which Emilee Livesay referred to as “fitting for the event.” Erika Cruz said the breadsticks were amazing, admitting to eating at least three.

For freshman and seniors, the night took on very different meanings. While for freshman, Erika Cruz, it was her first Kappa formal and she really did not know what to expect. But at the end of the night, she had had a blast. Cruz enjoyed dressing up with her sisters and everyone joining in together for the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Cupid Shuffle.” Kappa senior, Mallory Misener, had a different experience as the Sapphire Ball was her final sorority formal. Misener said formal was very sentimental and special because it gave her a chance to “…reminisce on all four years of going with [her] boyfriend.” Studying off campus for her final semester at Monmouth, Emilee Livesay said formal was a bittersweet moment. She said the night truly “…provided [her] the chance to reconnect with the organization that has given [her] so much over [her] four years at Monmouth College.”

All three girls – Cruz, Misener, and Livesay – agreed that the best memory of the night was all of the seniors and new members receiving an iris, the official flower of Kappa Kappa Gamma. This is a yearly tradition at Kappa formals and one that is deeply sentimental for the sorority members. Misener said it was a great way to kick off senior week and Livesay, having worked closely with all the new members, said she hopes “…the girls who are just beginning their journey will continue to take advantage of each moment as it goes by way too quickly.”

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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