Fact: The Formals are continually the most popular event of the year.  Last year’s Spring Formal had a record number of party-goers in attendance drawn in by the popular talent: RJD2.  For Fall Formals, the choice has been Groove Boston for the past three years.  Though there were mixed reviews after their performance in the Spring of ’09 and Fall of ’10, they are back this year by popular demand.

Every year the Student Engagement fund sends out emails and surveys asking SLC who they want to see on stage, the results are minimal, and the suggestions we receive tended to be unrealistic for our limited budget.  Girl Talk, for example (who was requested several times) charges between $40,000 and $50,000. Our budget for entertainment is around 10,000.  That being said, the Committee values student input over all else, and we try to make as many requests work as possible.

This fall it came down to Groove Boston or White Panda, and thanks to student input we went with Groove Boston.  We received several emails requesting the group come back again, including one from a student who had been surveying other SLC kids as to who they wanted for entertainment.

This year, Groove Boston is on their ‘Wildfire” tour (hence the posters where the Forbidden Forest, which is our theme, is on fire).  Groove Boston travels up and down the East Coast turning your average college campus into a night club.  They bring the light shows, the DJs, the videographer, and the giant screens. All we have to bring is the decorations, the food, and the party.

This year’s Fall Formal is a little different from the past, though.  Recently, Student Senate made a retroactive funding decisions and changed the amount that this year’s Formal received, making it less than what has been allocated for the past four years.  Concerned with its recent spending, Senate decided that in lieu of funding the usual 10,000 dollars for entertainment and 1,500 for alcohol, they would fund a lump sum of 10,000.  This was after having funded the full amount; the change came two weeks before the event.  It was a little bit of a challenge for Student Engagement Fund to work with new numbers and we’re hoping that funding disturbances like this do not occur in the future.

Regardless of the funding changes, Fall Formal has come together brilliantly and we’re psyched for Friday night’s party.  We’re excited to be bringing back Groove Boston, and to have had input in deciding this year’s entertainment.

Shameless plug: If anyone wants to be involved in planning formals, email the Student Engagement Fund: sef@gm.slc.edu

Written by Amanda Ota ’12.

Nina Sparling (Editor, “What’s Up”) is a bi-coastal aspiring bread baker frustrated with the current food system. Originally from Berkeley, she moved to New York, complaining most of the way, until she found the Met and figured out the subway (but still has serious envy for Bay Area vegetables). Currently a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence, Nina studies languages, political ecology, and geography and tries to figure out how they all relate.

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