PREVIEW: Junior/Senior formal

By Natasha Zeng

Students pray before the meal at last year's Junior/Senior formal. (Photo provided)

Students pray before the meal at last year’s Junior/Senior formal. (Photo provided)

The annual Junior/Senior formal hosted by Student Senate will take place Saturday, April 26, at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. Senate members Kelsey Snyder, Erin Rockey, and Sam Thompson coordinated the event.Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. After the entertainment, the dance will likely begin at 8 p.m.

This year, Student Senate has invited a Christian rap artist, Blake Whiteley, to serve as both a performer and a disc jockey.

“He speaks at secular events, and he is going to tell his story while he is there too,” Snyder said. “I am just hoping it will be a nice and fun night.”

Tickets are $15 a person and so far over 150 tickets have been sold. Originally, the price was $20 a person in the original proposal. The deadline to buy tickets was pushed back twice so students could purchase them.

“At first, we set up at 20,” Snyder said. “But then, other people on senate thought that it was not a good idea to have $20, and said we could still be able to make our budget if we sold them at $15.”

Running with a budget of $4,000, Snyder said it was a little bit underbudget due to the change of the price.

“We wanted to sell about 50 more tickets,” she said. “So hopefully people will by some in the next two or three days.”

Lance Clark, Ph.D., Luke Fetters, Ed.D., David Alexander, Ph.D., Jonathan Krull, visiting professor of philosophy, and Julie Hendryx, interim vice president of business and finance, will chaperone the formal.

The student activities board will host an after party at the Merillat Complex & Fieldhouse after the formal at around 10 p.m..

“The after party is to encourage the students who either don’t go to Junior/Senoir formal because they are not old enough or they can’t go because of other activities,” Stephanie Morin, SAB student director, said. “It’s an opportunity for them to all come together. ”

SAB will have several inflatables along with a snow cone machine.

“There is also going to be a lot of food,” she said. “We are thinking about doing a water balloon fight and lots of different ideas.”

Morin said the event will be very casual.

“You can come with sweat pants,” Morin said, “just take a little bit pressure off before final starts. ”

“We are really excited about it,” Kyle Metzger, SAB coordinator, said. “We love the idea of having a fun time for students on campus towards the end of the year, and we are really excited about the inflatables.”

RSVP to the Student Senate event on Facebook here.

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