Despite storm formal goes on

By Dave Damiano
March 22, 2007

Andrea Damacinovic/Submitted Photo

Lights! Camera! Action! The student government association held its annual formal on Friday, March 16 at The Inn at Valley Forge to the theme of Old Hollywood.

Nothing was going to rain on the formal’s parade while a mixture of hail and snow came pouring down, but it didn’t seem to bring down everyone’s spirits. From 8 p.m. until midnight, students had the opportunity to enjoy a nice dinner, mingle with friends and dance to music provided by a disc jockey.

Cardboard cutouts of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and The Three Stooges were showcased throughout the hall, giving students the feeling of the life during ’50s Hollywood.

Dinner was served in a traditional buffet style and included was pasta, mashed potatoes, roast beef and chicken.

The DJ kept the music running all night long and played typical early ’90s, eighth grade dance type music such as The Isley Brothers’ “Shout,” Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

Anyone over the age of 21 also had a bar to take advantage of. Regular drinks such as water and soda were free; while, alcoholic drinks, such as beer and wine, cost $4 and mixed drinks ranged from $6 to $8.

“There were pros and cons just like anything else. The setting was nice and close, and there was a good DJ, but I feel the bar was unorganized and drinks were too expensive.” Erik Parrillo, the senior class treasurer and a marketing major, said.

There was a decline in ticket sales this year. At last years formal, 318 students showed up at Galdo’s Catering Hall in South Philadelphia, and this year only 275 students bought tickets.

“I feel it was an overall success, but there is always room for improvement. Keep in mind we had a budget and were pressed with time. We did everything possible in our power,” Parrillo said.

As the night came to an end, everyone ventured home either by bus, car or cab. The school supplied five buses to and from the event. The weather conditions worsened as the night went on. A 15 minute ride turned into a 45, but despite the bad weather, the formal went on and proved to be a success.

Tommy Krukas, a senior criminal justice major, said, “Being with all of my friends was my favorite part of the night.”

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