The higher the temperature, the higher the aggression

The floor vibrates from the beat pulsating through the large speakers, as a mass of people dance in a sweaty daze. Outside, paparazzi are snapping photos of people walking the red carpet. This isn’t a description of a Hollywood party. This is Ames High’s Homecoming dance. The theme for this year’s Homecoming was Hollywood and movie stars. After a week of numerous movie star sightings and an awkward best-leg competition, Homecoming finally ended with a Hollywood- styled dance. From the very beginning, students were taken aback by the amazing decorations ushering them into the dance. “I really liked the red carpet,” junior Anna Baumgartner said, “and the Hollywood sign.” Although the decorations outside of the building were spectacular, the decorations inside seemed to be lacking. “I wish they had a disco ball,” Anna added regrettably. “They needed more decorations,” junior Robin Honeyman said. “They just needed more pizzazz.” The atmosphere inside the building was also a common complaint. Senior Millei Ishikawa said that she had fun at the dance, but, “it was very hot.” “It was hot, but it was better than last year,” sophomore Adriana Pitcher said. The heat could have also contributed to the disturbing dancing that was taking place this year. An anonymous source said that some people were acting like “primal animals in heat.” Although this may be a bit of a stretch, it certainly isn’t untrue. The cause of the inappropriate dancing, however, can be explained by simple psychology. “The higher temperature, the higher the aggression,” junior Michelle Gibson said having learned about it in psychology class. Although that can explain why people danced the way they did, it can’t explain why there were no cups for punch. Gibson was one of the lucky few that got the chance to actually try the punch. “The orange punch was good,” she said, “but the red punch sucked.” Getting past the heat, the disturbing dancing, and the missing cups, the Homecoming dance of 2008 is one to be remembered. Although the red carpet is rolled up, the memories of being treated like a celebrity for just one night will not be forgotten.