Ball to be anything but a drag – By Ashley Griggs

Originality is a term that is valued markedly by students at the College. This Saturday night, individuals from the student body ? and all over ? will have the opportunity to let loose and show their unseen colors at the ninth annual Drag Ball.

?You never know who?s going to show up,? junior Robert Tisdale said. Tisdale is the president of the College?s chapter of the Lambda Alliance, the organization that has hosted the dance for almost a decade. In addition to offering an eccentric night of entertainment, the Lambda Alliance holds the event to promote Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender awareness in the Williamsburg community.

This year?s Drag Ball will be at 10 p.m. Saturday night at the University Center. Admission is $5 at the door, and the theme of the night is Burlesque. For those who don?t know, ?burlesque? implies that the atmosphere will be filled to the brim with humor, mockery, charades and possibly a striptease or two.

Students often take the event as an occasion to be fabulously creative with their apparel. There is no formal dress code of any sort, so themed attire is optional. ?You don?t have to go in drag,? Tisdale said. ?Some people do, and some don?t. It?s always fun to see different takes on [the costumes].?