Second annual formal changes seasons

Second annual formal changes seasons

By Bessie King

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the cash bar as an open one.

Get out the dance shoes, and iron the wrinkles from the tuxedoes; it’s time for the formal.

Northeastern’s second annual formal, this year dubbed the “Snow Ball,” is co-sponsored by the Resident Student Association (RSA) and Student Ambassadors. Last year, the prom-like event was titled the NU Formal and took place in March. This year, the event is Jan. 27. The Boston Marriott Copley Plaza will again host the night’s festivities, which will include dinner, dancing and a cash bar for students 21 and over.

“I went last year and I had a blast,” said R.J. Andrews, a junior mechanical engineering major. “It was really nice being with the Northeastern community in a formal atmosphere celebrating, and it was just right with no needless over-the-top aspects so it was fun.”

More than 500 students attended last year’s formal, and RSA representatives said they hope to double the success this year.

Tickets are on sale through the myNEU Pay portal, the Northeastern Alumni website or at the cashier’s office in Richards Hall. Tickets are $25 each, and students can make group reservations for up to 10 people.

With a goal of 1,000 attendees, event organizers are finalizing the details to ensure guests get the most for their money.

“If you’re going to go to one event at school you should go to this one,” said Smith Anderson, vice president for programming. “People will get drinks and hors d’oeuvres hour, a three-course dinner, DJ entertainment and dancing until 1 a.m. All for a price that cannot be beat in the city. We have worked very hard to ensure everyone enjoys it.”

Last year financial support came mostly from former university president Richard Freeland. This year, because RSA members wanted the event to reach a wider audience, the organization teamed up with Student Ambassadors, an undergraduate group in charge of organizing events for, and reaching out to, Northeastern alumni, and asked for money from the Budget Review Committee. The budget was used to get better entertainment for the night and pay the regular hotel, catering, decoration and bar tending costs, Anderson said.

The organizing committee researched and interviewed eight to 10 major Boston hotels and found the Marriott Copley was the best choice because of its proximity and services, Anderson said. Formal dress and proper identification for entrance and drinking is required.

However, undergraduates and alumni may not be the only ones getting dressed up for the gala.

Anderson said Northeastern President Joseph Aoun was invited to attend the event.

Some students, like fifth-year pharmacy student Suzanne Gallal, said the formal is an event that sounds appealing.

“I would consider going because $25 sounds like a good deal and a formal is good just because you don’t get a chance to dress up often, and it gives you something different to do,” she said.

Freshman chemistry major Anton Kozhushnya said he would be interested in attending the formal for the first time.

“I’d definitely go because it would be a fun night,” he said. “It would be like the prom and I’d like to experience it.”

Event information, contact details and directions can be found on the event’s website, www.rsa.neu.edu/formal.

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