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She Said Yes! FOTO Dancer Proposes to Girlfriend

Shortly following the conclusion of the Pep Rally, a celebratory roar rang from one corner of the floor on the BJC. In the middle of it all, a couple stood in embrace, surrounded by excited bystanders. The third engagement during THON 2014 belonged to Rich Lion and Jess O’Lock.

Rich Lion, a dancer for FOTO, and O’Lock, who Lion refers to as “his big supporter,” met each other at a middle school dance in the 8th grade. Lion, of Landsdowne, PA, and O’Lock, of Drexel Hill, PA, have been dating for the last 8 years.

“I couldn’t think of a better place. All our friends are here,” said Lion on his decision to pop the question at THON.

“THON is just a magical place. Giving kids a chance to live a normal life is just a great thing,” he said.

So where did he conceal the ring during this time? Lion pointed to a staple THON object: his fanny pack.

“I had [the ring] in here for the last six hours,” he laughed.

We wish Rich and Jess a happy future and the best of luck as Rick continues to dance FTK!

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Yuka Narisako

Yuka legally immigrated to the United States via airplane in 1996 from the small island nation of Japan. Since then she has migrated throughout the country and now identifies herself as a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering. The Shandygaff is her Happy Place, though she was once kicked out of the establishment after breaking her shoe and screaming “I LOVE DAY DRINKING. I’M HAVING FUN.” Yuka is overly enthusiastic about life in general, but especially Ja Rule, Halloween, and the puffy black vest she purchased from the Gap. You can reach her at [email protected], or through Twitter @yukahontass.

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