Feeling nostalgic for high school prom? Middle school dances? Senior ball? Don’t worry, Nazareth College has just the thing to pick students up off their feet and relieve them from their workload of stress. On March 3rd, the Campus Activities Board, also known as CAB, will host the annual formal. “It’s a way for students to come together and celebrate the year… I just think it’s really fun,” Julia Marino, the Major Events Chair of CAB, says. “I went for my first time last year… If you go with a group of friends, it’s a great time to have an excuse to dress up, go out, and do something.”
The annual tradition is held at a different place with a different theme every year. In March, it’ll be hosted at Harro East Ballroom, characterized by its lit marquee, broad windows, spacious balcony, and it’s picturesque location in downtown Rochester. For students without a car, transportation is made easy with a looping shuttle bus located at the Otto A. Shults Center, which will start running at 5 P.M. to take students to and from the formal every 20 minutes. “The best way to describe it would be “rustic garden” or like a terrarium kind of theme,” says Marino. “I couldn’t pinpoint it to one thing, so that’s why we kept it as just formal, but you’ll definitely see a lot of string lights, and greenery.”
Formal starts at 6 P.M. and dinner is being served at 7 P.M. Tickets are affordable as well, at only $25 per ticket, and are sold Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Shults Center or outside the Lourdes dining hall. Buying a ticket includes admittance, dinner, and all the other activities involved; one of them being a photo booth.
Formal is planned by Marino, along with a group of volunteers from CAB and student activities. Marino, a junior occupational therapy major with a minor in theatre arts, is the main coordinator of the dance.
While it is a formal, students are encouraged to wear anything ranging from semi-formal to formal attire. Any Naz student can attend and bring a guest as well, even if they don’t attend the college. Unlike other events run by CAB, such as trivia night or grocery bingo where it only lasts an hour and you go home, formal is the only event of its kind. Formal is an opportunity to get off-campus, see your peers outside of a classroom, and support a school sponsored event while not being at school.
If looking for a great time that will take away the stress of school but allows the company of fellow students, formal is the place to be. Tickets will be sold up until the week of formal unless they sell out beforehand. Since there’s a maximum of 300 tickets, students should purchase them as soon as possible. “Everyone should go,” says Marino. “Even if you’re not a big dancing person, there’s the photo booth, there’s music, and you get food. There’s a taste for everything and everyone.”