Midnight Madness draws crowd

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Hailey Walker

On Thursday, October 22, the Student Government Association partnered with the Department of Athletics and Recreation to host the highly anticipated school spirit event of the semester: Midnight Madness. Midnight Madness is a pep rally which officially welcomed the Assumption Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams to their new season.

Two hours before Midnight Madness started, SGA members were listening to SGA’s Vice President for Student Affairs, senior Lauren McCarthy, give them directions on their jobs for the night. The cheerleading team and dance team practiced their dance routines for the last time, perfecting them.

Meghan Campbell and Kendall Dardy-Jones, seniors and the hosts for Midnight Madness, practiced what they were going to say and when asked about how they were feeling, both responded with excited.

The night officially started at 9:30 p.m. with a dance party in the Laska lobby and for the passing of fun school spirit gifts, such as t-shirts and thunder sticks. At 9:45 p.m., the doors opened and the students were bombarded with pumping music, both the dance and cheerleading teams waving their pom poms and SGA members dancing along to the music.

Students went to their respective areas, each in their class colors—seniors wore blue, juniors in black, sophomores in grey and first-years in white. In the Hound Pound, seniors were pumped for their final Midnight Madness.

Campbell and Dardy-Jones worked the crowd for the night by putting on contests, which included musical chairs, a frozen t-shirt contest and a three-point competition, then introduced this season’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to their screaming fans.

“I was very surprised when I was asked to host midnight madness and was a little nervous at first but then I thought about how fun it would be to host with Kendall. We are both so ready to do anything and aren’t afraid to make fools of ourselves so it was a perfect fit! I also really wanted to make sure Annemarie would have a good last midnight madness, she has been one of my best friends since freshman year so obviously I wanted to be on the court with her,” said Campbell. “I ended up having an amazing time, the crowd was so involved and everyone was having a good time, hopefully this energy carries on into both the men’s and women’s seasons.”

The night started with an impressive routine from the cheerleading squad, which quickly got the crowds excited. Later in the night, the dance team also gave a fun performance to a mixture of songs.

“I have had wonderful experience performing at Midnight Madness over the past four years. It was definitely bittersweet performing for my last Midnight Madness as this event is one of my favorite traditions at Assumption. This year the spirit of the crowd was overwhelming as the student body came together and it was a truly amazing event to be a part of,” stated senior and Captain of the Cheerleading team Anna Gill.

A highlight of the night was watching both basketball teams run out onto the floor as their names were called and being able to see that the majority of the school was there to support them in the beginning of their season.

“This year’s Midnight Madness proved to be one of the most spirited events of the semester. Seeing the entire Assumption College community come together for a few hours shows our dedication to support fellow Hounds, and cheer on those participating in the events! Another great Midnight Madness in the books, congrats to all involved in the planning of it,” said senior and SGA President Patrick Giroux.

“Overall, Midnight Madness was an absolutely amazing night. Words cannot express how thankful I am for every one who helped out with the event. I especially hope that the senior class enjoyed their last Midnight Madness as much as I did. This will be the first of the many great events you can anticipate from SGA,” said McCarthy.

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