Grand Ball Candidates Honored at Luncheon
Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 17:11
Come have a ball and vote for your Queen and King, Prince and Princess, and Lord and Lady from each campus. Those who attend the Grand Ball will receive a ballot to vote for one Queen and one King.
Candidates were honored at a luncheon catered by Pat Whelan's Culinary Arts students on February 16, on the 6th floor of the Downtown Campus.
Though events honoring candidates were previously held at night in different restaurants, the coordinators of the luncheon decided to sponsor the Culinary Arts students of MATC by having them cater the event instead.
At the luncheon, the candidates that were present gave speeches. According to Archie Graham, the director of Student Life, "These candidates volunteered to run and were all sponsored by their student organizations."
Candidates were given tickets with their names on it to sell, and they are all competing against each other at their own respective campuses. This means that those at the Milwaukee Campus are running against each other, and it is the same for the candidates at the Mequon, West Allis and Oak Creek Campus. Candidates will have to turn in their money for each ticket purchased by Thursday, March 3. They will also have to campaign to win the position of King and Queen of their campus by putting up campaign posters, though they are able to put up posters at the other campuses as well.
Based on the votes received, there will be a King and Queen, a Prince and Princess and a Lord and Lady of each campus. Those who are voted in each position will obtain a crown and a stipend. The candidates with the highest number of votes will be named King and Queen while Prince and Princess are the candidates with the second highest number of votes and the Lord and Lady are the candidates with the third highest number of votes. Graham also stated, "Two candidates will receive a special award based on their speech at the luncheon ."
The Mardi Gras themed Grand Ball will be held at the Pilot House in Discovery World on Saturday, March 5. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and a sit-down dinner, another first for the Grand Ball that will be catered by Bartolotta's, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Balloting for the candidates will end at 8:30 p.m. Students and non-students are welcome to come to purchase tickets at the cashier or the Student Life office at each campus. The prices are $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. Over 200 people are expected to attend this event. "The Ball runs until Midnight and the Kings and Queens for each campus will be announced by 9:30 pm," stated Cathy Lechmaier, the Oak Creek Student Life coordinator. There are 200 free parking spaces across from Discovery World, but they are on a first come, first served basis. Best of luck to the candidates running.The candidates for King and Queen of the Grand Ball are as follows:
Justin Kraemer and Jessica (Student Government King and Queen Candidates) from the Mequon Campus.
George Madison and Sandra Richardson (ALSO, or Accommodating Student Learning Organization, King and Queen Candidates)
Mitchell Martinez, Julisa Lopez (LSO, or Latin Student Organization, King and Queen Candidates)
Ijeoma Ezemba (Respiratory Club Queen Candidate)
Dan Gehling and Zenobia Davis (Student Government King and Queen Candidates)
Drew Mealey and Claudia Jaankowski (WISPIRG, or Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group, King and Queen Candidates)
Oak Creek Campus
Julia Fedran (CJSO, or Criminal Justice Student Organization, Queen Candidate),
Jason Chin (HVAC King Candidate)
Becky Lechmaier (HVAC and Student Government Queen Candidate)
Paul Gosh (Student Government King Candidate)
West Allis Campus
Alexander Pederson and Amanda Danielson (AITP, or Association of Information Technology Professionals, King and Queen Candidates)
John Griswold and Wendy Yang (Student Government King and Queen Candidate)