Senior Celebration glows up

More than 2,000 light up one of their last SU nights at a new location for the annual year-end party.

Instead of going out with a bang, Syracuse University seniors were glowing at the 2010 Senior Celebration

Heavy rain and lighting did not stop more than 2,000 seniors from enjoying one of their last night as college students at a party themed, "Glowing the Night Away."  In addition to free food and drink at Manley Field House, seniors played glow-in-the-dark mini golf, got airbrush tattoos and got to hang with Otto the Orange one last time.

"Some of these people I may never see again, but I’m happy just to be here."
- Karen Frank

“I’m so appreciative that we have this opportunity to spend one of our last nights with the entire senior class,“ advertising and design senior Elli Orth said.

Following remarks from Homecoming king and queen, Darren Goldberg and Jill Zarem, a photo slideshow of events throughout the year was shown.

With glow sticks in hand and dressed in glow-in-the-dark T-shirts, seniors packed the dance floor for popular hits such as Usher’s "OMG" and Ke$ha’s "Tik Tok."  Everyone and everything was literally glowing.

“We like to see our students celebrating the last event of the year,” said Sarah Ross, Office of Student Life assistant director and event organizer. “It’s nice to see the people that you connect with having fun."

One major difference for this year's Senior Celebration was a change in location. The event previously had taken place at the Oncenter Complex, but was moved to Manley Field House because of a scheduling conflict at the Oncenter, Ross said.

Some students were not too happy about the new locale.

“I’m enjoying the theme but I wish it was at a different venue," accounting and finance senior Ryan Seeram said. "I know in past years it’s usually at the Oncenter and I wish we were there right now,”

Other student welcomed an on-campus setting for the event.

“I think it’s great that we’re at Manley," nutrition and magazine senior Caitlin Hogan said. "Everyone is having fun and it’s much more convenient to come here than to go downtown."

But for many such as bioengineering senior Karen Frank the party's location didn't matter as long as memories were being made.

“I just love the fact that we’re all together. Some of these people I may never see again, but I’m happy just to be here."

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