It may be hard to find the charm in an East Fairchild common room. At first they’re fairly bland: off-white walls, bleak beige couches, round wooden tables with chairs, some side tables and a few broken lamps. Yet a kind of magic occurs as cherubs transform these seemingly plain rooms.
At the beginning of the program, Taylor D’Andrea, of California, and some fellow cherubs were hanging out in the second floor common room when D’Andrea decided to paint her nails.
“I brought over some nail polish and everybody wanted to paint their nails,” D’Andrea said. “We ended up just leaving the nail polish there, and then every time we went into the common room we would end up painting our nails. We started calling it ‘Deuces Salon.’ Now it’s a thing that when people want to do their nails they can come over to the second floor common room, paint them and hang out with friends.”
Down at the other end of the second floor Hailey Hinkle, of Indiana, turns off the lights and rearranges the furniture to create a makeshift movie theater.
“Whenever we wanted to watch a movie, we would move all of the couches to one wall,’ Hinkle said. “Then we would get one of the small wooden chairs and put it in front of the couch, and we would have a movie common room. That way, more of us could watch, and it was more fun.”
On the first floor, loud music can be heard at virtually any time throughout the night, and cherubs who wander down there can end up in the heart of “Club Premiere.”
“We transformed one of the common rooms into Club Premiere,” said Morgan Manella, of Florida. “It is basically a night club where we raved, partied and went hard. It was pretty intense. We had a strobe light and music and I think everyone just coming together and bringing in their strongest dance moves, personalities and styles is what really made Club Premiere happen and what made it successful.”