Household Life hosted a packed week of household parties from Jan. 27-30 in the residence halls of Franciscan University of Steubenville, complete with information booths, refreshments and dance parties.
Rather than host the typical semesterly household fair, the Household Life staff tried out household parties in individual dorms to bring together the community in each residence hall.
Monday night saw the lobbies of Sts. Louis and Elizabeth and Sts. Kolbe and Clare Halls filled with their households and interested students mingling at a tailgate-themed and Cinco de Mayo–themed party, respectively.
The households of St. Junípero Serra Hall hosted a Disney’s “Coco” themed party Tuesday night. Also Tuesday, St. Thomas More Hall hosted an early-2000s themed party that drew crowds to the largest dorm on campus.
Wednesday, Trinity Hall’s households hosted a rock ’n’ roll party, while Marian Hall next door hosted a roaring ’20s party complete with residents dressed in flapper dresses and pearls. St. Francis Hall closed out the week of parties with a jungle themed barbecue buffet Thursday, a quieter evening full of enjoyment for the students who came.
Students filled the crannies of the ground floor for St. Thomas More’s night of nostalgia. Chick-Fil-A nuggets drew students from neighboring residence halls, who came for the food, stayed for the fellowship and called the party a success.
Several households dressed up in the fashions of 15 years ago with pigtails, denim and bright colors, while others recruited in household shirts. Throwbacks bumped their bass, and Daughters of Zion and Carae Domini households led a dance party, ending the night in childhood reminiscence and college community.
Sophomore Kateri Manville said that having dorm parties created community in dorms and was less overwhelming than a household fair with every active household on campus. “The food is definitely a good incentive,” Manville said.
Sophomore Emily Reuwer, a Rosa Mystica intent, said of the new household parties, “This is a lot less overwhelming (than the household fair).”
“I really like parties like these,” sophomore Stephen Dean said during St. Francis Hall’s barbecue. “It is nice to see all the households in Francis go down and really show the community aspect of household.”