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Fall Formal promises a fairy tale experience

November 5, 2009

This Fall, be prepared to enter the world of fairy tales.

In previous years, the annual formal has been held in during the spring semester. This year, however, the formal will take place during the fall semester.

The Fall Formal is on Nov. 20 from 9 p.m. to midnight in the University Center Ballroom.

“I decided that it would be more feasible to hold the formal in the fall when there are fewer large programs,” McMillan Hall Manager Khrystal Condon, and co-advisor for the Fall Formal, said.

The other co-advisor for the event is Stratton Hall Manager Rachel Tobias. Their planning team includes both building’s resident assistants.

“A Fall Fairytale” is this year’s theme for the formal. The decorations include using photo backdrops, rich fall colors and room decorations. According to Condon, the hope is that students will take the opportunity to dress up and enjoy the magic.

“We wanted a theme that would be fun, classy and memorable. The decorations will be based on fairytale ideas,” Condon said.

There are five committees in charge of different areas of planning: the decorations committee, music committee, advertising committee, food committee and ticket committee. Each committee is made up of RAs and meet at separate times and places. Later, they report their ideas back to Tobias and
Condon for approval.

“Rachel Tobias and I are in charge of keeping the committees on track,” Condon said.

There has been a lack of advertising for the event on campus currently. Tobias said that after they finalize all the plans, the advertising campaign will begin.

“Currently, we are in the process of finishing advertisements. Look for advertisements soon,” Tobias said.

According to Tobias, about 320 people showed up to last years event. Heavy spring programming may explain the reason why few students know about the school’s formal.

According to the University’s online calendar, the change of semester puts the event in a month that is lighter in scheduling than any month in the spring semester. With this new schedule, Tobias and Condon said they have high hopes for a strong turn out.

“It seemed like a really good idea and continues to be popular. We hope that it will draw a lot of interest and attendance,” said Condon.

Her team chose the theme to bring about a new excitement for the formal.

“We hope to cater to those who would like to write their very own Fall Fairytale.”

Tickets sold in advance are two for $15, or one for $8. Tickets sold at the door are $10 each. Sales began Oct. 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center. The tickets will be sold every Friday until Nov. 20th.

The week before the formal, tickets will be on sale in the University Center everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased in McMillan and Stratton Halls during regular front desk hours starting the week before the ball.