By Staff Writer Sonia Su
Mooncakes, multicultural performance groups, a photo shoot station and a giant dance floor filled Metcalf Hall on Saturday at the third annual Moonlight Ball, hosted by the Asian Student Union.
The Moonlight Ball attracted about 800 students at Boston University and featured two comedic MCs. The five performances, by Mustard Seed, Samba, Bulletproof Funk, K-Soul and duet, kept partygoers dancing all night.
“It was good that they did the performances first because I think it got everyone excited to dance,” said Talya Perper, a College of Communication sophomore, who wore a red and black Chinese dress.
ASU filled a long table with mooncakes for students to taste.
“That’s what I really want – the mooncakes,” said Jessica Li, a College of Engineering sophomore.
Adorned with paper lanterns and red tissue paper resembling roses, tables surrounded the dance floor, where the performances were held. Before the last performance, the MCs announced that the first person to call one of their cell phones would receive a $10 gift card to Sal’s Pizza. After some hang-ups and misdials, the prize was finally rewarded to a student seated on the edge of the dance floor.
The last performers, College of Arts and Sciences junior Chris Tang and College of Engineering senior Brian Chang, covered Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” and brought couples to the dance floor for a slow dance. Shortly after, the party livened up with P!nk’s, “Raise Your Glass.”
Other highlights of the night included the sheer size of the dance party, students said.
CAS junior Kathy Kong, ASU’s vice president of internal affairs, said the dance owed its success to “flier-bombing all over the place around campus,” and to the Chinese Student Association, Hong Kong Student Association, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Singapore Collegiate Society and Vietnamese Student Association.
School of Hospitality freshman Kathryn Ong said she enjoyed seeing the crowd pumped.
“The best part of it is that a lot of people are here,” Ong said. “People are very enthusiastic about it, which means it was properly advertised.”
Attending the Moonlight Ball meant the “coming together of different cultures and countries,” said School of Management senior Joey Bui.
Once the ASU e-board stopped selling tickets at midnight, they partied on the dance floor until the celebration ended at 1 a.m.
“It was super fun to dance,” Perper said. “I don’t remember dancing that hard ever before. It was a great time.”