Formal 2016: A Night to Remember

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When college students hear the word “formal” they often imagine a Frat full of dapperly dressed young men courting their Sorority counterparts in tight little dresses. However, when you go to a small liberal arts school, formal has an entirely different meaning.  

At Nazareth College, where Greek only comes in the form of Dining Hall gyros, Formal is a black tie event held for all students. Every spring, in celebration of getting through most of the year, the Campus Activities Board sponsors a gathering to provide a fun, fancy, and stress-free environment for students.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 27th at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, a contemporary hotel downtown, and themed “Black and Gold.” For $25 per ticket, you will get a multi-course meal, transportation, unlimited photo booth use, and room to dance the night away. Dinner will be buffet-style with vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-conscious options, and as no meal is complete without dessert, mousse cake, cheesecake, and brownies will be served. As an added incentive, a cash bar will be available for guests of age with a valid ID.

The Campus Activities Board Major Events Chair, Amy Slemp, has been planning the event for almost four months now. “The process has been new for me,” Slemp says. She and her CAB committee members have been working to make sure all the pieces compliment each other. As a first time CAB Chair, and second year member, she explains, “figuring out the flow has been hard… But now I definitely know how planning my wedding is going to feel.”

According to Slemp, the night will be one for the records. “Expect a lot of black and gold,” she laughs. “Every Formal is special because it’s kind of an early ‘let’s go out and have fun,’ event. The Hyatt is right across from the river, so will be a prime spot for pictures. Hopefully we’ll even have some snow.”

Like other CAB sponsored events, Formal is an opportunity to see classmates outside of casual or academic settings. However, it’s dress code may allow for students to experience drastically different sides of their peers. “You get to see what [everyone] looks like when they’re super dolled up, which is way different than interacting with [them] in their regular clothes,” Slemp explains.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you should attend this year’s Formal, Slemp says “You should definitely go. It’s a great time whether you have one friend going, or you meet people there. Naz is a open community; everyone is welcoming. You will have a lot of fun.”

If dressing up, dancing, and eating some good food is your thing, join your fellow Nazareth students on February 27th at the Hyatt from 5:30pm-11pm. Busses will run from Shults Center to the Hyatt Regency every 15 minutes from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, and from the Hyatt Regency to Shults Center every 15 minutes from 9:00pm – 11:30pm.

Tickets will be on sale from now until February 18th at various times and locations. For more information, follow @naz_cab on Instagram or contact Amy Slemp at

Photo: Nathan Walker

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