By Kat Riddler, Editor-In-Chief
All thumbs when it comes to tying the perfect bow tie? Or finding bath time a bit boring? Then Bow Ties and Bath Bombs was the place to be Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Nosh.
The event was hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. All sorority and fraternity life were represented at a table in front of the Nosh stage on Tuesday, teaching curious passerbyers how to tie a tie and bow tie and how to make a bath bomb. Demonstrators were tying ties on each other following simple printed steps that people could take with them to try at home. Adjacent to the tie brigade, others were manning a bath bomb table instructing students how to create the perfect bath bombs there or at home.
Daniel Pogue, junior, mechanical engineering, was on hand to help the tie-tying-challenged as part of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. Pogue said, “Many people don’t know how to tie a tie. It’s very useful to know at this point in our college lives.”
The event was originally scheduled to take place in the quadrangle outside, but pop-up showers on Tuesday forced the group to move inside. Colleen Pace, student services coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement, said the move was fortuitous for the event’s success. Pace said, “It ended up being a way better location as people were eating in the Nosh and they wandered over. We didn’t have to stop anybody or anything. It got pretty busy down there for a while.”
The idea of hosting this type of event and assistance came from several sources. Pace said, “I wanted to create an event sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life that wasn’t just them standing at a table trying to recruit people.” The Panhellenic Council cosponsored with University Program Board a Self-Care Isn’t Selfish event where everyone made bath bombs last year.
To get ready for the UMSL event, Pace grabbed instructions on how to tie a tie and recipes from Pinterest for the bath bombs. The graphic designer for the Office of Student Involvement created handouts from the recipes and instructions for people to take home with them.
The event was so popular that they ran out of lemon juice. Substitutes for the lemon juice were quickly found from other recipes to keep the event going. Pace said there were other surprising aspects to the event. “We actually had a lot of men interested in the bath bombs,” Pace said. “I think it is because they made it themselves they are more into it.”
Pogue described his favorite part of the event, “My favorite part was helping people learn how to tie a tie as well as how nice the bath bombs smelled. Another cool part was getting people interested in fraternity and sorority life and seeing involvement.”
Pace said she wants to continue the success of the event in the future. Pace said, “We will either do it again for Self-Care Isn’t Selfish, in March for Women’s History Month, or do it again next fall, potentially.”