By Alex H. Wagner, Staff Writer
It was like any other party: a dizzying flash of colored lights, music blasting at deafening volumes, and bodies contorting through the darkness. Then the music dissipated, and lights revealed the stage. Entering from the left, with red high heels, bobbed hair, and wearing a red, silver and gold sequined dress, the drag queen known as Mizery grabbed a microphone.
“Alright, I need a tissue, because I am sweating like a hooker in church,” she says.
So began the drag ball, one of the first on Boston University’s campus in several years (the last drag ball was organized by Spectrum at BU). Patrick Johnson, a member of Delta Lambda Phi, felt it was time the social fraternity hosted such an event, being the only one on campus openly supportive of men of all sexual and gender identities.
Students formed on the dance floor certainly expressed such excitement as Mizery alternated between lip-syncing to Beyoncé and interacting with the audience. In one instance, she playfully claimed one audience member as her husband, saying she’d have to fatten him up with corn bread and black-eyed peas when they went home.
“She’s an amazing performer, ‘The Living Legend Mizery,’ as she calls herself,” says Alexander Delgado, president of Delta Lambda Phi. Delgado also indicated the ball was meant to promote safer sex, hence their partnership with Student Health Services. Free condoms and dental dams were distributed at the entrance.
Of course, even this was embraced as part of the fun, or, for Johnson, as part of the pun, who painted his face red and yellow.
“The red is ketchup and the yellow is mustard, and I’m throwing out condoms, so I’ll be condom-ment,” he says.
By Zara Kavarana, Staff Writer
Coming into college is a blank slate.
We find ourselves submerged knee-deep in opportunities – some that stand out academically and some that stand out socially. So many of us want to belong, find our place, meet new people. Greek life is one of the more obvious places to start.
Although college may be new to us, the idea of Greek life isn’t. We’ve seen it on TV, in movies, read about it in books and magazines. These portrayals show being a part of a sorority or fraternity as the ideal college experience, so it wouldn’t be inaccurate to suggest the big impact it may have on someone who is considering joining. It’s almost a sort of encouragement, saying that if you join, you’ll get movie-worthy stories.
Undoubtedly, joining a Greek organization will lend itself to an unforgettable college experience, but are TV shows and movies the main reason why some students choose to join?
After becoming so familiar with sororities and fraternities from multimedia sources, it feels as if participating in Greek life is imperative in order to get the full college experience. Of course, there are many of us who join simply because we want to learn, or to give back, or to meet new people.
On another note, many of the depictions aren’t even real. Like most Hollywood productions, TV portrayals of Greek life are often sensationalized. Which leaves the question: before we even get to college, is our perception of college life influenced by the way TV and movies portray the Greek community?