Who’s Asking?

The beloved NASH school dance, MORP, has evolved from the days of the classic Sadie Hawkins dance.

Libby Heckert, Staff Writer

Less than a week away, MORP is the annual spinoff of the famous Sadie Hawkins dance, in which girls traditionally ask the guys to join them at the dance.

While some students have been asking their dates to the dance for the past few weeks, proposals have changed in recent years. It used to be a big spectacle for girls to ask their partners with romantic gestures, often captured on social media posts, but that has not been the case of late.

In past years, MORP has been known as a way for the girls to experience both the creativity and the stress that guys confront during the weeks leading up to Homecoming and Prom. 

“I feel like since guys normally ask with a sign, it’s fun for girls to do one, too. I don’t think they should have to, but it depends on what someone would want,” said senior Sophie Azar. 

Senior Sarah Renninger also shared her feelings on the proposal aspect of the dance.

“I feel like the girls should have to ask with a sign or some other way than just a text. The guys go through a lot of pressure and trouble for Homecoming and Prom, so I just feel bad,” Renninger said.

Not many girls this year have asked in the usual way seen in the past years. Some have asked with signs, but others have used texting or an in-person proposal. 

“Personally, I don’t think I would call what I did a big gesture. I just asked with a small sign at their house. I think it’s honestly different from person to person,” said senior Katie Snyder.

Senior Jessie Haller thinks that girls shouldn’t have to ask in a big way if they don’t want to.

“I don’t think girls should have to ask guys with a big gesture, but it is really fun, so they should if they want to. I also think no one should feel obligated to ask. It’s up to each person,” Haller said.

Senior Karina Lin shared what she prefers when she asks.

“I honestly think it depends on the person, but I’m okay with big or small asks. This year my Homecoming date asked me with a sign, and I asked him to MORP with a sign, too,” Lin said.

Senior Anna Mitterer, however, thinks that the ask is not the most important part of the upcoming weekend.

“I think it doesn’t really even matter who you ask or how you’re asking. It’s more important that you are just going to have fun at the dance,” she said.

In fact, in recent years, it has become just as common for friends to forgo the date aspect of the dance and attend together as a group.

Regardless, MORP is shaping up to be a welcome relief from the bleak winter days here at NA.  Student Council’s theme this year, “Saturday Night Fever,” is set to be unveiled for attendees this Saturday at 7:30pm at NASH.