Big bids at annual Valentine’s Day auction

ASA and Kappa Sigma play Cupid on Valentine’s Day

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On February 21, 2020

 Photo by Mbulelo Maqungo:
African Student Association members cel­ebrate the end of a succesful auction. Ugonna “Chuck” Oparaochaekwe and Destiny Brown of ASA both brought in money as auctioned dates.


The African Student Association and Kappa Sigma on Feb. 14 organized a formal date auction for available suitors and suitresses on Valentine’s Day.

Students volunteering from multiple organizations walked the aisle and presented themselves to the crowd for the second annual Ultimate Valentine event.

The date auction was filled with active audience members ea­ger to participate, something that ASA President Caroline Madake said was the main goal.

“More so than the number of people in the audience, I just wanted to make sure whoever was here had a good time,” Madake said. “I foresee this getting bigger and involving more people here on campus.”

The audience members received identifying numbers to raise to participate in each individual auction.

Students who had friends taking part in the date auction cheered and supported all the partici­pants.

“This is the farthest I’ve ever come out of my comfort zone,” junior Ram Rodriguez said. “It was a lit­tle overwhelming but I had a ton of fun.”

Many of the partici­pants earned high biddings to make the event profitable, but none as high junior Isa­iah Alvarez.

Junior Lexi Iracheta won the bid for Alvarez with a final total of $200.

“Isaiah’s one of my closest friends,” Iracheta said after her successful bid. “As far as I'm concerned, you can’t put a price on friendship.”

Alvarez said he had no idea Iracheta was going to do that and it took him by surprise.

“My friends have already warned me not to get a big head,” he said.

Senior Havila Njoku acted as the master of ceremonies for both valentine date auctions.

“The idea of a Valentine’s Day date auction was inspired by events other ASA branches at other schools organize,” Njoku said. “These kinds of things are always fun for us, the audience and the participants alike. It’s always exciting to see meaningful relationships come from this as well.”

ASA is now preparing for an Afrobeat Dance Workout event on Feb. 28.

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