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International Student Association holds Halloween dance

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 14:10


BRANDON BAKER/Northern Iowan

International students dressed in their Halloween costume dance to “Gangnam Style.” The International Student Association hosted a Halloween dance to let students come together, dance and have a good time.

Students braved a tunnel filled with spiders, skeletons, cobwebs and eerie Halloween lights this past Friday night to attend the Your Worst Nightmare ISA Halloween Dance Party, put on by the International Student Association (ISA) and held in the Maucker Union ballroom.

    “I came to see all the costumes. We don’t have anything like this in Russia,” said Goar Melikyan, a junior finance major from Russia.

    David Adair, a senior in elementary education and middle education, added, “The music is kickin’ and there’s a lot of people to talk to!”

    Upon arriving at the dance party, the bright lights from the photo booth initially prevented students from seeing the dozen or so tables set up near the food area. Partygoers were able to have their pictures taken with a variety of props, including giant green fists, hats, oversized sunglasses, masks and fake mustaches.

    Miki Fujita, a junior in the Culture and Intensive English Program from Osaka, Japan, said, “In Japan, we don’t have costumes, and we have no Halloween parties, so this is a unique experience for me.” She added that her favorite costumes included zombies and Lady Gaga.

    Once attendees’ eyes had adjusted to the dim lighting, a wide variety of costumes were visible on the dance floor between flashes of the multicolored strobe lighting. A bumblebee was seen getting its buzz on next to a skeleton bride, who narrowly missed running into Chewbacca. The Scarecrow from Batman was also witnessed boogying down alongside a zombie couple and Mario to the sounds of “Gangnam Style,” “The Cupid Shuffle,” “The Interlude” and “The Wobble.”

    Noel Nathan, a junior in finance and member of ISA, said, “The main idea is people are supposed to come for this event to get a lot of international students and local students together to make friends.”

    Melikyan had one final comment in parting: “You wouldn’t see anything like this on campus in Russia.”


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