Hamilton “Ham” Center was transformed into a venue worthy of more than a couple stars at the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) We Serve You (WSY) Dinner last Sunday night. The Tiffany blue and white decor was perfectly complimented by the pastel floral arrangements. Students, faculty members and administrators enjoyed the smooth jazz stylings of the New College New Cats, while indulging in scrumptious brunch food.
The 160 people who sent in their RSVP two months prior arrived at the semi-formal event looking lovely anddapper.
NCSA members served attendees delicious dishes such as quiche Lorraine, bacon, vegetarian spring veggie quiche, hash-browns and vegan French toast.
“It’s really nice to see students come out and support the NCSA,” first-year and first-year representative in the Student Allocations Committee (SAC) Paige Pellaton said. “It’s great to see the awareness of what student government does increase.”
Although the WSY dinner turned out to be an enjoyable evening of food, friends and fun, a lot of planning and hard work went into the making of this event.
“If you see a NCSA member who looks like they are probably covered in 20 tons of bacon grease thank them,” third-year and NCSA president Cassandra Corrado said. “They spent 22 hours cooking for this dinner.”
Prepping for the WSY dinner began at six the night before, and there was much whisking, baking and frying. Due to all the onions that were cut, there were even a few tears.
Corrado explained that the SAC allocated close to $800 for the dinner and about $400 dollars came from her discretionary. Most of the ingredients were bought at Sam’s Club.
“The dinner went the most smoothly it ever has,” Corrado said. “We were done cooking well in advance and the cooks didn’t have to rush.”
Corrado said that the challenging part of planning the WSY dinner was contacting more than 50 students to volunteer, but in the end, there were no major hurdles.
“We also had a lot of leftover food, which is a first,” Corrado said. “Last year a lot of people didn’t get food.”
The WSY dinner gave students, faculty members and administrators an excuse to get dressed up, relax and socialize with one another.
“[The WSY dinner] was a good distraction from my homework,” first-year Kayla Evens said.
It was also an opportunity for the guests to share their opinions with the NCSA. At the end of the night, all were invited to write suggestions for the NCSA on the back of the event cards located at their tables.
“I enjoyed listening to the music and hanging out with my friends,” second-year Allaire Cutshall said. “This was a pretty delicious brunch.”