‘50 Shades of Red Upscale Event’ brings ‘prom-like’ party to IUP

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, P.O.I.Z. Modeling Group, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Black Business Leaders of America will together host “50 Shades of Red Upscale Event,” a Valentine’s Day-themed party, Thursday.

According to P.O.I.Z. President Cykhira Walton (junior, criminology/ pre-law), this is the first year for this type of Valentine’s Day event.

“In the past we’ve had auctions, but over the years more people started to have auctions, so we wanted to try something new,” Walton said.

At this upscale event, which P.O.I.Z. Treasurer Dwayne Scott Jr. (senior, accounting) calls a “ball- or prom-like event,” only formal wear is welcome.

“Our goal is to make it a very classy and adult affair, so the dress policy will be strictly enforced,” Scott said.

This means no jeans, boots, tights, sweats, Ugg boots or sneakers.

Kappa Alpha Psi President Malcolm Alston (junior, marketing) said that he wanted students to dress up since there aren’t many situations for college students to do so.

“We noticed that most of the time, students don’t have any opportunity to dress up in their formal attire, and we wanted to give them this chance,” he said.

In addition to food, games and dancing, P.O.I.Z. and Kappa Alpha Psi will also crown the first-ever “Cupid and Cupette.”

This is an interactive Instagram game in which “50 Shades of Red Upscale Event” attendees can win prizes by uploading photos of themselves or things that happen during the event to Instagram and tagging the P.O.I.Z. page. The pictures will then be voted on by everyone and the top-three males and three females will win a prize.

Tickets for the event, which will be held Thursday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, will cost $7 and can be purchased from any P.O.I.Z. or Kappa Alpha Psi member. The cost will cover light refreshments, games, a DJ and a dance performance by the P.O.I.Z. members.

“We as Kappas are most looking forward to our mini-presentation with P.O.I.Z. that we are doing during the event where we will have some choreography along with our personal strolling or dancing,” Alston said.

Walton said he expects to sell about 200 tickets.