October 31, 1997
With the closing of Third Street in front of Founders Hall, Illumination took place Monday night. Each prince and princess, dressed at their best, was escorted by a friend or family member down the red carpet while many La Verne students cheered for their favorite candidate. They then took their places on the front steps of Founders Hall to join English Professor Carol Fetty, who was the Grand Marshal of the event, and her husband Kenneth. Masters of ceremonies for the night were last year's king and queen, alumni Scott Mac Kay and Tieu-My Nguyen, as they proudly introduced each prince and princess. They also talked a little about each person's involvement with the school and what their plans were after graduation. The king and queen will be crowned at halftime during the football game tomorrow when the Leopards host Chapman University in Ortmayer Stadium.
Junior Troy Langly and senior Milow Epling sang "Friends in Low Places," by Garth Brooks for karaoke later that night at Michelangelo's Pizzeria in San Dimas after the Illumination ceremony. The Karaoke-Pizza Bash included free pizza and karaoke which lasted from 10 p.m.-midnight.
Homecoming Princess Andrea Gardner, nominated by Sigma Kappa, prepares for Illumination in her Oaks dorm room and waits for her parents to escort her to the spotlight event.
Monte Carlo Night was held in Davenport Dining Hall Tuesday night. At the door, each student was given $300 in play money to start out and could trade in their chips at the end of the night for raffle tickets. The tickets were then drawn for prizes, such as ULV gear, movie passes, a stereo and a VCR. Sophomore ASF member Allison Evans works the table as senior Sergio Alforo is handed his money with which to gamble throughout the night. With a crowded room, it was difficult to find an open space at any of the tables, but students still managed to find a spot and try their luck, especially at blackjack. That night, students were allowed to wear their halloween costumes to the event. There were medieval princesses, animal look-a-likes and a Minnie Mouse costume. Catholic Campus Minister Elena Cardeña was dressed as the Wicked Witch from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
Students showed their gambling skills at blackjack, roulette, double roulette and poker. Juniors Enedina Perez, Heather Sheets and Cynthia Gomez try to beat the house at the blackjack table.