COUP Towne Meeting discusses themes and police staffing at Walls

As the temperature falls – maybe like a degree or two – New College gets a hint that fall is on its way. And, with fall, comes the spooky, Halloween-inspired Center Of The Universe Party (COUP). On Oct. 3, a COUP Towne Meeting was held by Speaker of the Towne Meeting and third-year Lara Herzog to discuss this year’s potential themes and important updates on New College Police Department (NCPD) staffing at Walls.

Pressingly, New College Student Alliance (NCSA) co-Presidents and third-years Miles Iton and Paul Loriston provided updates on the police staffing issues regarding Walls and the forthcoming COUP. Iton first explained that a Friday COUP would be much more feasible than a Saturday COUP, since this will alleviate pressure on the officers to staff the event. This week, the co-Presidents are meeting to establish a more sound event policy to allow Walls to resume.

Before Iton and Loriston’s announcements, three potential Halloween COUP themes were presented. The first is sponsored by thesis students Amy Bernard and Francesca Tignor and second-year Emily Via and is aptly titled Disney Channel Original COUP, a night to celebrate everyone’s favorite movies from their childhood.

“The most important part is to have fun,” Bernard said.

Their ideas include a Halloweentown-themed Palm Court, the Black Box Theater (BBT) as a “large spaceship-esque place where you can pretend to gaze out into the stars,” a Smart House-themed Old Mail Room (OMR) and potentially a bounce house on Z-green.

“We will be handle to anything we don’t want to happen,” Bernard mentioned, citing the group’s experience with harm reduction and Bystander intervention training.

Sponsored by Hannah Procell, Becca Caccavo, Carley Culmo, Ashley Rodrigues and Sadé Holmes, Celestine Halloween is slated to be a magical night for everyone to remember, complete with a Dark Moon Lilith-themed BBT containing “possibly some mythological creatures,” a Spooky Milky Way and an Underwater Utopia chill-out room. Unlike previous COUPs, the Center of the Universe, also known as Palm Court, is planned to host live music.

Sponsors of Celestine Halloween also have harm reduction and bystander intervention training.

Lastly, Tyler Freeman and Derek Otis presented Wild Wasteland COUP to “prepare for the end of the world” during this election season. Palm Court will be Vault-themed, the BBT will be a “thunderdome,” Hamilton Classroom (HCL) 7 will show calming nature documentaries and the OMR will be a cave.

The COUP theme voting survey has been sent to the StudentsList.

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