Formal a success

By Nicoletta Sabella
March 30, 2006

Fiona Bride

The time is 6:30 p.m. A group of frantic girls with prom-like dresses start to dust on the glitter and spray on the perfume. “How’s my makeup?” they ask one another. Likewise, the boys in the dorm across the hall are flustered in a different way. “Is my tie okay?,” “How’s my hair?” and “Is there enough gel?” can be heard through the room.

There is only half an hour before the buses are due to leave, and still nobody is ready. It’s like high school all over again, but more exciting.

What was everybody excited about? The Student Government Association formal, which was held on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. The formal was located at Galdo’s Catering Hall in South Philadelphia, Pa.

Five Kraft buses met in the Founder’s Hall parking lot to pick up 318 students, about 118 more than last year’s formal.

Arriving at the catering hall about an hour after departure, one could notice the “Viva Las Vegas” decorations throughout the entire venue. Next to the bar, mini pizzas, bruschetta and stuffed mushrooms were served to incoming students.

For those who were lucky, they got to sit at a table with all of their friends. For those who did not, the exhilaration in the air was too thick to ruin the night.

Many students walked around the dining room and dance floor while sipping on their beverages, just to get a glimpse of how everybody else was made up, as though it was a class reunion.

Soon enough, it was time for food. Table by table, people got in line to wait for the buffet, which included pasta, stuffed flounder, chicken and Caesar salad to name a few.

“The place was amazing and the decorations looked great,” Lauren Tindall, a sophomore special and elementary education major and sophomore class senator, said.

The theme of the formal was Las Vegas, with a black and red color scheme, with cards, balloons and dice littering the room. A Las Vegas theme would have to include none other than Elvis Presley, or at least an impersonator. Elvis came out and serenaded the girls with such songs as “Love Me Tender.”

The DJ kept the tunes running continuously, with a vast variety of music from fast upbeat dance-like songs as Sean Paul’s “We’ll be Burning,” to slow songs like Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.”

As the night wound down, people slowly started to go back to their chairs from lack of energy to keep up with the DJ. The dance ended at 1 a.m. Most boarded the yellow buses, more than willingly, to take a rest from their energy-blasted night.

“No other words can define it except for ‘simply amazing,'” Erik Parillo, a junior marketing major, said.

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