A multitude of students waited anxiously at North Campus Diner as members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. walked in alongside Duane Wallace and Thomas Dawson of DnT Brand with tickets to one of the year’s most anticipated events.
The group of students packed an extremely constricted space and caused so much commotion that campus officials forced organizers to move their ticket sales elsewhere.
Dawson, Wallace and the Que brothers made a quick decision on-the-spot to move sales outside of ERC where there isn’t as much traffic. They spread word of the ticket sale’s movement via social media and within minutes, the crowd which previously inhabited North Campus Diner converged outside like prey.
Growth of “H” Parties
Dawson says that the first ever Halloween party was thrown back in the fall of 2008. The hype and buzz surrounding this event has grown exponentially throughout it’s seven-year existence.
“All the parties that were happening back then were either at bars, clubs or on campus parties. We just stepped out in 2008 and did something different and took people somewhere else.”
For the first time in it’s history, the storied Halloween celebration will be facing some major competition.
Student Entertainment Events is bringing in Kevin Hart for a comedy performance at Cole Field House on the same night as H7 (The number attached to the H changes every year to mark the number of years in which the party has been held).
Surprisingly, Dawson is very thankful that there will be an alternative for students to attend that night.
“We’re growing way too big. The party is going to sell out regardless so it creates a situation where people can either go to Kevin Hart or come to us.”
Despite the party’s popularity, it hasn’t come without controversy. Many past attendees have ranted and raved about the wildness which ensues at a typical “H” party compared to regular functions which happen throughout the school year.
Below are more pictures from Monday night’s ticket sales.
When asked about the party’s reputation, Dawson said that he believed it was simply a representation of Halloween itself as a holiday.
“It’s the one night in the year where college students can go back to being youthful, back to being their true selves. It’s almost like Vegas, what happens at H7 stays at H7.”
“H” Party’s Future
Despite Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s departure from UMD’s campus next year, “H” parties will continue to live on.
Dawson says that even though the festivities are represented around Omega Psi Phi’s brand, the party is solely owned and operated by DnT Brand.
INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Dawson told us, “If you buy a ticket, you’re guaranteed entry. If you make it to the door, you will get in.”
- Ticket sales will be happening every day this week so stay tuned to DnT Brand’s Twitter page for information on where and when sales will be held.
- When you buy a ticket, you are also required to sign up to an email listserv. The location of the party will be identified exclusively via e-mail. It is extremely unlikely that the party’s location will be found on social media when it is announced.
- The ticket for this event is a green wristband, as seen at the top of the page.