The Campus Activities Board will host its annual formal tonight titled “An Evening Adrift” aboard a 3,000-square-foot yacht in the open sea.
CAB sold tickets from Feb. 9 until Feb. 28.
Students also had the option of buying a bus ticket for an extra $5 so they do not have to drive to Long Beach, where the yacht will depart from.
“I’ve never had the experience of dancing on a yacht,” sophomore Aleah Stephens said. “I hope I don’t have sea legs and can’t dance.”
Originally the yacht that was going to be used was able to hold a maximum capacity of about 350 people.
Since a lot of tickets were sold in the weeks prior, they had to upgrade to a bigger yacht to provide accommodation for an extra 50 students to make it possible for 400 students and guests to attend formal.
Since this year’s freshman class was the largest in the school’s history, CAB wanted a venue that would be able to cater to the additional students.
“This year we wanted to try something different,” Jose Hernandez, CAB co-major events chairman, said. “With the larger number of students at La Verne we wanted a bigger venue to accommodate their size. This year our budget made the yacht possible. At the same time we are able to provide transportation to and from Long Beach.”
The bus tickets sold out in the middle of last week, so students now have to drive or find another way of transportation if they did not purchase a bus ticket.
Hernandez has been talking to ASULV about having them sponsor one additional bus for students that did not get on the original four.
“Each year we try to get bigger and bigger with our formals,” CAB Intramurals chairman Jacob Acevedo said. “I think and hope that it’s going to be our best formal to date.”
Hernandez and CAB are expecting about 350 to 380 people at tonight’s formal.
Remember that buses depart in front of the Campus Center at 6 p.m. sharp and the boat departs from the dock at 7 p.m. sharp because the boat will leave port for the open sea.
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