Fad Watch strives to increase diversity, relieve stress

Hannah Benson and Hannah Benson

Since canceling its Ugly Sweater Party, Fad Watch has started preparations for their Valentine’s Day ball, called Red Velvet Soiree, which will be hosted Feb. 15.

Vice President of Fad Watch, Kayla Fowler, said collaboration with WFAL radio station ultimately led to the party cancellation, which was originally planned for Dec. 5.

“They basically had the music and we were providing the games and the contest,” Fowler said. “They bailed out last minute because they said they should have had more time to plan.”

However, Fowler said students should look forward to the Red Velvet Soiree, which will be more of an “upscale event.”

“It’s very casual and nobody really gets dressed up for things here, when they go out,” Fowler said. “So we’re trying to show more of the ballroom look and kind of make it like prom all over again.”

President of Fad Watch, Ajia Mason, said the group wanted to give students a chance to relive the days of high school dances.

“A lot of people say they miss dressing up for occasions like [high school dances], so we wanted to give those people a chance to kind of relive it a little,” Mason said.

The ball will cost $7 per ticket, it will be catered, the University jazz band will be performing and it will include a ballroom-style fashion show.

Fowler said the group will be hosting auditions for models the first week of spring semester in hopes to gain more diversity in the group.

“I really hope that we get more diversity in our models, because I feel like we’ve had that, but we just want more because pretty much we all look the same on our board, but our organization is all about diversity,” Fowler said. “We want to reach out to every culture.”

Ultimately, Mason said she wants students to have fun and relieve stress at its events.

“My expectations for these events are just for people to come and have fun,” Mason said. “Everyone gets a little stressed from all of their school work, and we would just like people to relax a little and not think about classes for a few hours.”

Freshman Gabby Winger said she has been encouraged by those in charge of the organization to “participate and contribute to their ideas.”

As a result of this, Wringer was involved with the Oct. 4 Fad Watch fashion show, which she said she enjoyed.

“I helped models with quick changes back stage, and helped keep everything organized. I also helped organize the seats for the audience,” Winger said. “The entire show had a very high-energy vibe to it, and it was overall a really great experience.”

Wringer said she would be helping set up the Red Velvet Soiree.

Mason said the executive board encourages feedback from the general body because it provides them with additional, new ideas.

Wringer said she is able to see the hard work both Mason and Fowler put into Fad Watch events.

“I could really tell that those who were in charge of the event put a lot of time and effort into it, and really cared about it as a whole,” Winger said. “It takes a lot of dedication to make large events like this happen, and for them to run smoothly.”