This Friday, the classiest event of the year, Chrysalis, rolled back around. Girls in fancy spring dresses and boys looking dashing in blazers, made their way into the Gerhard field house for a night of serenading from Pat Benatar and throwbacks from Doug Bogan. Chrysalis is a really cool event in that students from all years get to come together outside of the usual aprty scene, and professors get to interact in an environment outside the classroom.
The field house was draped in strands of twinkley lights, which made the large space feel intimate. I walked in at the beginning of Pat Benatar’s set and made my way to the stage. Benatar looked great and just the same. The crowd fixated on her bright red hair and smile, and I heard several people say how impressed they were by her chops- “”She’s still got it.” Benetar gave it her all, especially during "Love is a Battlefield," when the energy of the crowd shot up and waves dancing students, professors, and alumni surrounded the stage. People brought out some old dance moves, doing the twist and spinning and dipping their partners who did a pretty good job staying balanced in their high heels.
When people’s feet got too tired, they retreated to the candlelit tables placed near the drinks and the hor d’oeuvres. Things calmed down when Pat Benatar finished her set, but once Doug Bogan took the stage, people flocked back to the front and broke it down when he started playing "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers, and the classic throwback, "Come On Eileen" by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
This was my last Chrysalis and definitely one of the best I’ve been to- maybe I’ll be one of the alumni dancing my way to the front next year- or like old times, hanging by the spinach dip.