Students, staff strut on the bookstore runway

Sept. 22, 2014

Samantha Morley
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Lights. Camera. Fashion. Students and staff showcased UCCS apparel in the bookstore fashion show last Friday afternoon.

“It’s just kind of good will for the campus,” Angela Kozlowki, bookstore merchandise manager, said. “I think it’s a lot of fun and a good marketing experience, and showing people the product on the body versus just hanging on the hanger looks so much better.”

Crews acquired a runway, complete with a backdrop curtain and stage lights.

Delaney Steele, junior communication major, works in the bookstore texts department but handled dressing the models for the event.

“We’re putting together a couple looks that we’re really, really fond of, new items that have come in that we all really think are cute,” Steele said.

The event commenced with Clyde, as he ran, walked and wiggled on the stage. The crowd rooted and cheered as his tail swung to the beat of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.”

Alyzza Luna, senior biology major and bookstore employee, was a model for the show. “I’m pretty excited,” she said before going on the stage.

Chris Beiswanger, director of student recruitment, and Tamara Moore, executive director of auxiliary services, hosted the show and provided witty descriptions of clothing.

“In addition to its moisture [absorbing] capabilities which we have already identified as good for sweating, it has a drop tail head for added back coverage. I don’t know exactly what that means but it sounds important if you’re a lady,” Beiswanger said about a sweater worn by student and bookstore employee Erin Jones.

The event attracted a handful of students, many of whom didn’t even know the fashion show was happening.

John Duncan, strength and conditioning major, did not previously know of the event but stayed because he knew some of the models.

Danielle Gillman, a freshman theater major with a dance minor, viewed the spectacle positively.

“I think it’s really silly,” she said. “In a good way.”

The show also featured two-year-old Caroline who was brought by her nanny and senior elementary education major Kylie Cornella. Cornella walked with Caroline down the runway to complete a trio of styles.