Juniors and seniors dressed in clothing associated with certain time periods and “traveled through time” on Saturday, April 22 for the annual Townhouse Time Travel event, previously known as Around the World.

The food trucks that were present at the event, which ran from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., were Taco Loco, Christophe’s Crepes and Super Duper Grub. There was also music and yard games.

Area Coordinator of the Townhouses and John C. Dolan Hall, Alberto Jacome, who organized the event, said, “Townhouse Time Travel was very similar as the past years. I followed the guidelines the previous area coordinator left for me in order to host a successful event.”

According to Jacome, the only major change from last year to Townhouse Time Travel was that guests had to be 21 years and older in order to attend the event this year. In previous years, guests did not have to be 21 and older, but they were not allowed to consume alcohol or get food from the food trucks if they weren’t.

Around 450 people ended up going to the event, Jacome reported.

Sophomore Daniella Musacchio does not think the fact that underclassmen are not allowed at the event is a problem.

“I think it’s fine to let upperclassmen have some of their own events,” Musacchio said. “It doesn’t bother me because I know I’ll have those events when I’m older.”

Jacome explained that the students in the Residence Hall Association of Dolan and the Townhouses worked with Jacome to plan Townhouse Time Travel.

“By having the RHA and hosting the forum, we try to work with students to have as much input as possible from them,” commented Jacome. “We want to make sure students are enjoying themselves as safely as possible.”

“Student input is very important for us,” Jacome continued. “This event is for the students. We want to make sure they are enjoying themselves.”

Along with working closely with RHA, Jacome also worked with the Department of Public Safety to ensure that students would be safe during the event.

However, Jesse Farrell ‘18 also believed that security was too concentrated.

“Sometimes people get nervous around authoritative figures and I definitely noticed some of that,” he said. “Perhaps if the DPS officers and the RAs watched from a bit more of a distance the students would have felt like they had more freedom to have fun.”

“I think in general the event went very smoothly, especially in comparison to past years,” said Sergeant Peter Baird. “The people who orchestrated, set up and monitored helped maintain the smoothness of the event and the students were well behaved.”  

Jacome explained the other preparations that went into planning the event.

“I am given a budget by Residence Life, that comes primarily from our office and the D-Town budget,” he said. “I meet with students to see what kind of DJ they would like and what food truck options they would like as well and then I will start making calls to reserve food trucks and the DJ and get the contracts from them.”

Jacome stated that it took about a month and a half to get everything set up.

Farrell commented on the event.

“I enjoyed the event a lot more than I thought I would have,” Farrell said. “I thought Residence life coupled with RHA made sure that the event went smoothly.”

The event happened in the area in the middle of 2,3,4,5 and 6 blocks in the Townhouses.

“It is the biggest Quad we have up in the Townhouses and it is also the one that DPS and the University has recommended as being easier when it comes to crowd control and fencing,” said Jacome.

Junior Alana Dubois enjoyed the event.

“It was so much fun to be able to dress up as my favorite decade. It was also really nice to be able to spend time with the junior class,” she said.

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