Breaking the ice

Black Greek council members open up about party excitements and expectations

Members of the Black Greek Council, pose for a photo in the new University Center.
Members of the Black Greek Council, pose for a photo in the new University Center. Submitted Photo
Providing attendees with good, clean, genuine fun is Black Greek Council’s goal with their Spring Ice Breaker.

“I really like how people just come to have fun,” Accounting and Computer Information Systems senior and vice president of Black Greek Council Jasmine Davis said. “The purpose of [the Icebreaker] is just for people to get to know each other, have fun, and be safe because it is on campus.”

The main difference between this party and an off campus party is the safety factor. And the fact that there’s no alcohol, of course. Ferris’ Department of Public Safety monitors the party to make sure everything runs smoothly and as planned.

“DPS has their magnetometer, which prevents weapons and you can’t bring in a bottle or Gatorade or anything like that,” said Davis. “There’s no alcohol at all. We really just socialize.”

Because the Ice Breaker is on campus, students who don’t have cars can attend and not worry about getting back to their dorms or apartments. Usually, the Ice Breaker is held at the Sports Complex, but this year’s will take place in the University Center.

“I’m excited to be able to use the new University Center facility,” Business Administration senior and BGC president Tamira Owens said. “My favorite thing about Ice Breaker is being able to see everyone dressing up outside of their everyday clothes and really just having everyone all together dancing and smiling.”

According to Davis, DPS recommended that this year’s Ice Breaker be held in the University Center because there are a lot of hazards with holding it in the Sports Complex, especially in the winter.

“The University Center is the safest way, really,” said Davis. “I think the only thing that’s scary about [having the party in the UC] is that we’re the first party and obviously we don’t want to mess up anything. But, I mean, I’m excited to have it here.”

According to Davis, BGC members from Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Oakland University are expected to come to Ferris’. Davis estimated that around 300 people would attend, which will produce a decent profit for BGC.

“This past weekend I actually went to Central because they were having an Ice Breaker,” said Davis. “A couple of us went and we just travel as a way of supporting their parties. We like to go there and support other schools so they can support ours.”

The Semi-Annual Ice Breaker will be held on Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. in the University Center. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Anyone with questions can contact Jasmine Davis at