By Anamika Dutta
Wheeler Hall’s annual “Château de Wheeler” took place this past Sunday, Sept. 18. Held on Wheeler Beach, Château brought together all first-year students living in Wheeler Hall for an afternoon of food, drink, and entertainment. Resident Assistants (RAs) of the building spent the morning and afternoon setting up, which consisted of decorating tablecloths with confetti, writing “Oo la la!” on each table with silver glitter paint, and putting the band stage together.
Although Château is Parisian-themed, the food was Italian: cheese, vegetable, and meat lasagna, as well as dinner rolls, salad, and soda. No one seemed to mind the random choice of food, though, as everyone who came happily loaded their plates. The whole event lasted about an hour and a half, and there was a decent turnout. Not everyone showed up right when Château started, but throughout the event more people arrived to see what Wheeler Hall’s primary tradition entailed. Students from the first to the fifth floor, dressed in semi-formal clothing, came out to experience the “Parisian Luster” of Wheeler Beach. The RAs dressed in more Parisian style, with navy, red, and white clothing. Some even wore ascots and red suspenders.
The entertainment for the night featured returning band Midnight Breakfast, comprised of upperclassmen whose musical talent was the highlight of the afternoon. They performed classics like “Party in the USA” and the theme song from one of the most popular television shows of the 2000s, “Drake and Josh,” which got everybody singing along. Right after that song finished, students from inside Wheeler could be heard cheering and repeating some of the lyrics. In addition to the band, Château saw some of Wheeler’s own first-year students perform. Anastasia Nedoroscik and Morgan Sanders performed a beautiful rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” with Anastasia on the ukulele. Morgan then performed Vance Joy’s “Riptide” simultaneously playing the ukulele before Anastasia returned with roommate Marygrace Pier to sing “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. These performances were all received with hearty applause as the first-year students realized just how talented their classmates were. Wheeler Hall is clearly home to much musical talent, but not everyone chose to sing or play an instrument. Jacob Applegate showcased his acting talent by playing the Joker from “The Dark Knight.” He performed four different scenes from the movie and at one point invited one of the RAs up to the front to be in the scene with him. Following the performances, the RA staff handed out free vintage “Wheeler Beach” t-shirts to everyone, which was the perfect crowd-pleaser. No one can deny free clothes.
Château de Wheeler is one of the residence hall’s most well-known traditions and provided first-year students the perfect opportunity to get to know other students from different floors. The event’s quirky charm was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.