The traditions of Theta Sigma Tau
Among the parties that occur every year at Ripon College, the BIG fall party for the campus is Tau's Halloween Party. If a student wants to go to a great party with costumes, contests and fun, East Mapes is THE place to be.
There is something about the way Taus are constructed that makes them want to put on silly costumes, elaborately decorate the lounge, and act generally goofy. The end of October gives them a great outlet for this and they go all out for the holiday.
The decorations for Halloween are often impressive, the house occasionally going so far as to rent a fog machine to add atmosphere to the lounge. With the number of artistic talents that the house tends to attract, the lounge usually becomes transformed into someplace very different.
Other traditional elements of the party include a costume contest and a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The costume contest typically has three categories: best male's costume, best female's costume, and the best costumed group. Voting is based upon the amount of applause the participants get when they are presented during the contest.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a Halloween Party staple since the 80s. Everyone joins in the audience participation parts and a good time is had by all.
In the past the decorations were often left up for weeks after the party had finished. Reports of windows reading "Happy Thanks-oween" in November and "Val-oween" parties in February exist.
Apparently some jokers in the 90s actually managed to add to the House Constitution that Halloween decorations should be left up as long as possible. Around 2000, during a constitutional re-evaluation and update this item, as well as several other anachronistic items (can you say compañero?), were removed from the document.
If you're in the area near the end of October and looking for a place to show off your nifty costume, stop by the House! Not only is it a popular campus party, it is also THE party most House alumni make an effort to attend in the fall of the year.