Dia Del Este still a success despite stormy weather

No amount of gray skies or torrential downpour can stop Eastern University students from having a good time. This was proved at the annual Dia Del Este festival two weeks ago, April 16-17.

The weekend kicked off with a carnival at Hainer Hall, where students enjoyed cotton candy and carnival games such as balloon darts and a ring toss.”They say that women tend to do better than men,” junior Michael Giachetti said, referring to the Ring Toss, “I think it’s the slender hands.”

Over at Eagle, a full blown fiesta took place, complete with music, lights and a taco buffet. Doane hosted its own gameshow, distributing prizes such as DVDs, money and Sixers tickets. “It’s really creative [and] well thought-out,” junior Claire Pinches said, spectating from the back row.

A Sadie Hawkins Dance at Sparrowk Hall on Friday evening had a large turnout, with DJ junior Eric Mayhew laying down the beats. “People really participate in the dancing a lot,” Mayhew said. The request of the night? “Sadie Hawkins Dance” by Relient K, which had the roomful of students singing along.Afterwards, the Dining Commons hosted the annual “Miss Eastern” contest where sophomore Alysia Goodman was dubbed Miss Eastern of 2011.

Although Saturday brought gray skies and showers, students still trekked from building to building to enjoy the events. A Who-Dunnit murder mystery took place in Gallup. Although for once the butler didn’t do it — the maid did!

Gough Hall held a “5 point party” complete with Henna tattoos, Intense Nerf, video games and a dance party.

Kea-Guffin moved their “Concert on the Green” into the Breezeway where pretzels and Italian ice were served. Resident Director Theresa Noye even gave a performance.

The night closed out with Karaoke in the Dining Commons and a raffle for the grand prize: an iPad2. Sophomore Natasha Yoder had the winning ticket. “I felt really surprised when my name was called.” Yoder said.Everyone who participated in Dia Del Este this year will say same thing: Eastern students know how to have a good time — rain or shine!

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