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ONLINE: Men of Color events sell out in time for Valentine's Day

by Kiara Alfonseca - Editor in Chief
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 09:00 am
Courtesy of Men of Color
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Romance was in the air Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11; strong lights lines the floors, lights were turned low and flower petals were strewn across tables. Men of Color president Olu Gbajumo hopes to revive romantic dating culture with his organization's past two events: "Love Don't Cost a Thing" date auction and "Treat Her Like a Lady."
 
Featuring performances from school clubs, as well as raking in talent from other local universities, "Treat Her Like a Lady" had male performers dedicating performances to the women of behind the scenes or in the audience. Lessons for the men of the night? Go beyond "Netflix and chill," and, in the words of Gbajumo, "treat her like a lady."
 
The date auction, standing-room only, had men and women shouting across the room to get the date of their choice. All of the money was fundraised for the Men of Color, since the club currently has no budget due to its status a new org. The night raised $820.
 
Men of Color's overall mission, aside from the dating auction and romantic evenings, is to embrace the different cultures and demographics of here on campus. Men of Color encompasses multiple different ethnicities, from Asian-American to Native American to African-American to Hispanic-Americans. In upcoming events, he hopes to continue to collaborate with other organizations, such as the Association of Latin American Students in Empowerment, and openly invite all people to these events.
 
"[The weekend] went amazing," Gbajumo said. "Everyone felt like they were important and that was my main thing ...We're just trying to show our crowd that we can work together no matter what ethnicity you're from."
 
Men of Color is planning for more "second annual" events, such as Empowerment, coming in March.