Froggo Italiano has a successful turnout

The Campus Commons was awash in red, white, green and Frank Sinatra tunes Tuesday night during Froggo Italiano, the fifth annual Frog Aides spring project.

The group put on Froggo Italiano as the grand finale to a year of learning about leadership and planning, said Erik Peters, a freshman political science major and Frog Aides member.

Peters said planning for the event began in January. After discussing several ideas, Frog Aides team members chose an Italian night-on-the-town theme, and Froggo Italiano grew from there.

Traci Clayton, a senior advertising and public relations major and co-director of the organization, said the purpose of the group is to help develop the university’s future leaders.

“It’s a really cool thing that we give the freshmen all this power to be able to plan something on their own,” she said.

The project starts from scratch, Clayton said. The freshmen are given a $10,000 budget to pay for things like the food and entertainment, as well as a caricature artist, a mime and a photobooth, for the student body event.

The event featured free pizza, pasta, gelato and Italian sodas, as well as live entertainment from Tim Halperin, TCU Elite Dance and a Frank Sinatra impersonator. In between acts, a four-piece jazz band set the Italian mood.

Remley Johnson, a freshman economics major and Frog Aides member, said more than 400 students attended the event.

With more than 200 students showing up within the first 20 minutes, co-director Jacob Barnes, a senior international finance major, said he deemed the event a huge success.

Arrington Foster, a sophomore theater major, said he loved the Italian theme.

“I love how they brought the feeling onto campus,” he said.