Articles by Kelly Davis
Feb. 1, 2013
Crystal Ball a night to remember at the Academy of Natural Sciences
When it comes to Drexel dances, nobody can serve as the life of the party quite like a towering T-rex skeleton. The 2013 Crystal Ball masquerade, hosted Jan. 25 by the Drexel Campus Activities Board at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, brought together 350 students to party like it’s 65 million B.C. Photo Credit – Ken Chaney – CAB hosted the 2013 Crystal Ball Friday, Jan. 25, at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Students gathered to enjoy quality food, dancing and exhibits throughout the museum. As the members of CAB start to plan each year’s Crystal Ball four to six months in advance, they begin by working backward. “We begin looking for venues in August and continue to plan up until the week before the event,” Traditions Committee director Elanor Williams said, “First we have to assess last year’s event and decide what we want to change and do differently.” For 2013, the Crystal Ball committee wanted to take the ball out of the usual banquet halls and make the night a cultural and entertaining experience. After whittling down the list of possible locales to two or three, they drop by each venue to discuss cost and food options. The committee then makes a final choice after weighing the pros and cons of each spot. Once a verdict is reached, the fun begins. Theme, decor, invitations, music and the menu are all synchronized to ensure an event that is fabulous from start to finish. This year, guests were welcomed to a special mask-decorating seminar two days before the ball, where they could bedazzle their complimentary gold masks with glitter, feathers and even tiny fake butterflies that would feel at home in the Academy’s butterfly room. The dance, according to Williams, was a hit long before it arrived. “I was really proud to have sold out more than a week in advance and still had people calling the CAB office nonstop asking for tickets,” she said. However, that isn’t to say there weren’t a few bumps on the big day. An unexpected snow squall set the committee back two hours in arriving for final setup, which was accomplished in just 45 minutes. Williams also admitted to worrying that people would balk at the thought of braving the unappealing weather to come to the ball. In the end, a picturesque party spot greeted the record-breaking crowd of 350 guests as they arrived. Everybody was dressed in their most elegant attire, including my man and me in matching gold and black. Guests made a beeline for the “locavore grazing table,” which offered a spread of local breads, fruits and veggies to dip in a vat of heavenly cheese fondue. The hottest attraction of the evening was the photo booth set up near the dance floor. Students could dress up in goofy hats, wigs and glasses scattered about in the curtained room for their photo strip souvenirs. The butterfly room was also open to explore; my roommate made a new friend who decided to relax on her purse while she took photos! After some time, dinner was served. The menu showed that CAB truly accepted nothing less than the best. The thinly sliced steak was juicy and tender, and the lemon-basil chicken was bursting with flavor. Baked macaroni and cheese made the perfect choice for a chilly winter’s night, and even the simple salad and rolls were fresh and tasty. With everybody’s bellies happily filled, it was dance time. The disc jockey kept the tunes rolling one into the next, taking requests for greatest hits and crowd favorites. Along with staples like the “Cupid Shuffle,” the whole room broke into the latest invisible-horse-riding dance craze that is “Gangnam Style.” All members of the homecoming court were also presented before the official king and queen coronation the next day. To the members of CAB, these sorts of happy moments are what make months of hard work worthwhile. “The most satisfying aspect is the success of [the] event determined by smiles on the face of everyone who attends the ball,” CAB marketing director Kunal Shukla said. In the future, CAB has even bigger plans for Crystal Ball, looking for larger venues and even more ticket sales.
Nov. 29, 2012
Diwali Lights celebration held for Hindi New Year
Diwali Lights, a collaboration between Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania to celebrate the Indian festival of lights, was held Nov. 18 in Drexel’s main building, drawing a crowd of more than 700 people.
Jun. 8, 2012
‘Wicked’ star sings with her heart and soul in Philadelphia
With a frame under five feet and a petite Southern-tinted speaking voice to match, no one can prepare themselves for what happens when Kristin Chenoweth opens her mouth to sing. The Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar, best known for her portrayal of Glinda in the smash hit musical “Wicked,” earned herself a massive fandom with the colossal voice inhabiting her doll-sized body. She graced the stage of Philadelphia’s Academy of Music June 1 with her bubbling presence for an evening of music, tears and laughs.
May. 11, 2012
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra narrates the life of Beethoven
I’ll admit it: halfway through my latest concert experience in my hometown of Reading, Pa., I realized how truly bizarre it was that I was surrounded by a crowd of people rocking out to “Flight of the Bumblebee,” the finger-melting classical orchestra piece from the 1800s. However, if there’s anything that the world-famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra does best, it’s proving that violins and pianos aren’t for wusses.
Apr. 13, 2012
Orgazum T-shirt allows for power of expression
Have something you want to share with the world? Say it with a shirt! Orgazum, a student-run business created by Drexel sophomores Saurabh Bihani, Aryan Jain and Vinayak Kalani, is providing the Drexel population with cheap custom-printed T-shirts. Bihani serves as marketing director, Jain heads product development, and Kalani is the general manager of design and designer selections.
Mar. 23, 2012
‘The Hunger Games’ comes to life in film adaptation
With the 2012 movie season to date proving mediocre at best, it’s high time for the most anticipated film of the year to crash into the charts. You know what I’m talking about: the silver-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bloodthirsty trilogy, “The Hunger Games.” In a future where the totalitarian Capital reigns supreme over the nation of Panem, which was once the United States, once a year the twelve Districts are forced to offer up one boy and girl to battle to death or glory — all while being broadcast on national TV. These Games make “Survivor” and “Fear Factor” look like they belong on Nick Jr.
Mar. 16, 2012
The ‘Phantom of the Opera’ leaves Paris in sequel ‘Love Never Dies’
A lone spotlight illuminates the stage, revealing a black-clothed figure slumped in despair over an organ. As he tips back his head, we see that half of his time-worn face is concealed by an object that has stirred the dark fantasies of musical lovers for decades: a bone-white porcelain mask. Music slowly swells, and we prepare ourselves to be transported to another world. This world, however, is no longer Paris. “The Phantom of the Opera” has moved on, and lucky fans in the United States were able to experience his new “music of the night” in a special two-night movie engagement of the musical sequel, “Love Never Dies.”
Feb. 10, 2012
Salsa Club welcomes newcomers
Are your evening activities feeling pretty bland? Try adding a little salsa! Every Thursday in the basement of the Intercultural Center, Drexel’s Salsa con Cache dance group teaches students how to getintothe Latin groove with some sizzling salsa moves. They’re a bargain at $5 a session, with beginner instructions from 6 to7p.m. and intermediate level practice from 7 to 8.
Feb. 3, 2012
Drexel students go back in time to the 1920s at the Crystal Ball
With a whirl of feathers, pearls, poker chips and hot jazz tunes, the Arts Ballroom in Center City was swept back to the Roaring Twenties for a night of fun — Drexel’s 2012 Crystal Ball. Students dressed to the nines and gathered to eat, dance and be merry Jan.27 thanks to the hard work of the Campus Activities Board’s Traditions Committee and adviser Ed Kovacs. The winter semiformal has been a running tradition since at least 2004, giving a new and exciting experience with each passing year.
Nov. 28, 2011
Scorsese creates a holiday gem
This Thanksgiving holiday, Martin Scorsese has given us one extra thing to count among our blessings: proof that 3-D is not on its last blurry, run-into-the-ground legs. Famous for bloody crimefests such as “Goodfellas,” “The Departed” and “Taxi Driver¸” the director has completely switched gears, transforming Brian Selznick’s novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” into a ticking, steam-powered marvel as captivating as the clockwork that fuels the tale.