Renegade Royalty: ‘Dec’ed Out’ for Blood Ball

Jacob Schmidt, sophomore music major, and Jordan Gillespie, senior education major, were named 2018’s Blood Ball King and Queen at Dec’ed Out: A Dance Through the Decades March 9 at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Schmidt and Gillespie, both members of the Student Athletics Association, otherwise known as the Renegades, sported their crowns after the winners were announced. An annual celebration in honor of Mary Ann Blood, who founded Columbia College in 1890 with Ida Morey Riley, Blood Ball provides a night of dancing, food and activities for students.

At this year’s event, hosted by the Student Life Advisory Board, the decades theme featured interactive pop-up rooms, such as a ‘70s-themed silent disco and a T-shirt tie-dying booth crafted in the spirit of the ‘90s. Students came dressed in overalls, neon baseball caps and graphic tees to celebrate the theme, as Blood Ball typically encourages party-goers to wear costumes or dress up.

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