On Oct. 28, AC Drip partnered with the Black Student Alliance, the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority and the Hermandad de SIA sorority to host a masquerade prom in Upper Baldwin. During the prom, nearly 100 students ate food, danced, took photos and voted for prom king and queen.
President of AC Drip and Chicago senior Dior Love said the inspiration for the prom came from current Albion College seniors, who graduated from high school in 2020.
“A lot of people wanted a prom because they didn’t get one in 2020 because of COVID,” Love said. “This was everybody’s opportunity to either go to prom or get a redo for the prom you already had.”
President of AKA and St. Louis senior Hollie Ballentine said that she was excited to have the opportunity to host events like this as a “leader on campus,” adding that hosting events like the prom is something that Love is “passionate about.”
Love said AC Drip’s mission is to “create a space where students can express themselves through their own clothing choices,” adding that AC Drip hosts events like the masquerade prom to give students the opportunity to dress up and be who they want to be and be comfortable in what they choose to wear.
One feature of the prom was nominating and voting for king and queen. Ballentine said nominations started two to three weeks before the prom and only attendees could vote for the winner.
Prom Queen and Detroit senior Skye Dickson said she did not think she would win.
“I really thought it was a joke. But, I’m really happy I won because I didn’t get a prom in high school,” Dickson said. “It made my mom cry.”
Prom King and Muskegon senior DaMario Chapman said he expected that he’d “come out on top,” later adding that he loved the prom.
“We had the Kiki ball last year, but there was something different about this one,” Chapman said.
Ballentine said she is very excited for the direction that AC Drip is going because there is so much “creativity and freedom” among the group.
Love said that although she is graduating in the spring, there are plenty of juniors, sophomores and first-year students on AC Drip’s ed-board who will carry on the torch.
“I’m preparing one particular person, I should keep her anonymous for now, but she’s being prepared for next year,” Love said. “I have full faith in them and what they are able to do.”
Though the masquerade prom was the last big production event of the semester, Love says AC Drip’s biggest event of the year will be next semester in February: The Pink Panther Kiki Ball.
“A Kiki Ball is more of an LGBTQ, vogue-inspired scene and it just gives students the opportunity to come and compete in categories such as face, runway, body, best-dressed, etc. and just be loved and feel supported amongst your peers,” Love said.
The Pink Panther Kiki Ball will be held on Feb. 10. For more details, follow @albioncollegedrip on Instagram.