Immorality: In The Midst of Organizing Mess

Photo by Carolyn Brown '16 | Smith students dress up in zombie costume and vampire gear for Talbot House’s annual Immorality Halloween party.

Photo by Carolyn Brown ’16 | Smith students dress up in zombie costume and vampire gear for Talbot House’s annual Immorality Halloween party.


Trang Le ’16
Contributing Writer

After the Haunted House, the President’s House Trick or Treat (and President McCartney dressed as the blonde from Game of Thrones), the campus was ready for another annual tradition: Talbot House’s Immorality party. The party was organized mainly by the house’ HSEC (House Social Event Committee), the head resident Corinne Ducey and house president Melissa Ponce, with voluntary help from other house members. As Calais Harding ‘16, member of HSEC, pointed out, “Organizing is no fun.”

The house considered and rejected many possible themes.  In the middle of the craze for the Breaking Bad finale, Immorality: Breaking Bad sounded attractive to the most enthusiastic fans of the series. However, as the planning process went on, the House Council changed to The Witching Hour and The Grimm Brothers: Horror Version, but this theme still did not come off in the decorations, and eventually all was for naught since the organizers could only buy the decorations for a general Halloween Party theme.

As usual for an official Smith party, a line formed in the cold outside of the door because the party was at capacity.  Many students stopped by to help themselves to the food served for the line outside the house and then left without even pretending to want to get in, as observed by the front door guards.

WOZQ DJ Sam Behrens presided over a dance floor made up mostly of Smith students, already drunk from pre-gaming as the party did not provide alcoholic drinks, and a group of UMass guys who stood confused in the middle of the crowd. It was unclear whether they were overwhelmed by the vastly unequal gender ratio or their observation of partying Elm Street style.

For security, the house hired campus police and a crowd control officer to prevent fights and overreactions on the dance floor. “He did not do much, however. I heard there was a fight and he was standing outside,” says Calais.  The house paid $100 to hire the crowd control officer in addition for other expenses to get prepared for the event.

The tiring process was a chance to strengthen house community. House members guarded the doors and decorated the room.  Artificial spider webs were hung over the staircase leading to the basement, where the party took place. “There was a guy who was so drunk that he ran straight into the webs and wiggled to get himself out for a while,” said Calais, giggling.

House members were also assigned to shifts preventing people from entering rooms. “Last year, there was someone who stole all the toothbrushes on the first floor,” said members of HSEC.


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