With D.J. Taco returning to spin the tables, it was guaranteed
that everyone would enjoy their night. The dance floor was
packed with people dancing, and all the chairs were filled
with students in great costumes.
Females” were the “in” theme for many of
this year’s costumes, with the costume of choice seeming
to be “women we like,” and with many men seizing
the opportunity to dress as ballerinas, cheerleaders with blonde
wigs, and princesses. Of course, there were the usual number
of axe murderers and devils.
For relief from the packed dance floor, people checked out
the Planet Hollywood buffet, which offered all the traditional
pupus, from egg rolls to pot stickers, and provided a free
flow of nonalcoholic beverages.
Unfortunately, while everyone inside was enjoying themselves,
people outside were getting angry. By 11 p.m., the event had
sold out its 1,000 tickets. Planet Hollywood’s general
manager ordered the doors locked.
At this point, ASHPU no longer had any say in who was let in.
The crowd outside became hostile, and Planet Hollywood security
had to physically remove several people from the premises and
eventually called the police.
In past years, filling the venue has never been a problem,
as the number of tickets sold is limited. This year hundreds
showed up to purchase tickets at the door, so the venue filled
up immediately. Added to the problem, in past years people
inside began to trickle out around 11:30, thus allowing more
to be let in; this year few people left the event.
Despite the furor, no major damage was done to any property,
no one was arrested, and no one was hurt, inside the event
or outside. Unused tickets were refunded at a table on Fort
Street Mall the following week.