By Joseph Case ‘19
This past Saturday was the Brother Rice homecoming dance where numerous Crusaders took to the South Gym floor to put on their dancing shoes.
However, before I delve into the dance itself, it is important for all reading to remember what came before the dance. First, came the asking of the date. This can at times be the most stressful portion of the homecoming procedure, but is, in fact, necessary.
Then, came the Brother Rice spirit week with dress down days featuring our “Celebrate Chicago” theme. Senior Josh Moyar said, “I enjoyed wearing my Brother Rice Chicago homecoming shirt during spirit week.” When the spirit week wrapped up with the pep rally, the Brother Rice men were sent off to the homecoming football game against St. Rita, which we won with notable fashion.
Then came the day of the dance on Saturday, Sept. 29. In the hours leading up to the 7:00 p.m. start time, Brother Rice men could be found all over the South Side picking up corsages, dressing up, and, of course, taking pictures with their dates. Every parent needed to see their little boy all grown up in their suit jackets next to their dates with smiles all around.
After this, many couples went to another house to take even more pictures with their friends and their dates. I personally highly recommend going to the second house as they will typically provide free food. Another commonality was the taking of goofy pictures in between the formal pictures to make light of the pre-dance affairs. Brother Rice senior RJ Manning, said, “The picture taking process was tedious, but overall it was fun being with friends.”
Finally, the Brother Rice gents were set free to drive down to 99th and Pulaski where they could now enjoy the long-awaited event following the anticipation of the past weeks. Initially, the dance didn’t live up to its hype as most guests stood around the outside of the dance floor to talk and take even more pictures. Slowly, as the night drew on, the Crusaders and their dates filed into the center of the gym for subsequent dancing, jumping, and shouts of joy.
The highlight of the night, and every past homecoming to my knowledge, was when Ms. Pacetti called all the seniors to the edge of the stage to play “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (a Brother Rice Homecoming staple and perhaps the Crusader theme song). Mr. Dunne also took to the dance floor during “Living on a Prayer” to join the seniors in rejoicing what should come to be a year to remember.