STUSU formal is movin’ on up

Get your mask ready, St. Thomas, because this year’s winter formal has a masquerade theme that organizers hope students will go all out for.

“We’re making it very zesty and classy,” said organizer Natasha Glover.

The Crowne Plaza will play host to the event, a change from the traditional Student Union Building location, on Dec. 8.

Glover said the choice came as a result of $500 of funding the St. Thomas University students’ union received from an insurance company that Glover said is used by STU.

She said formal should cost about $2,500 with $1,000 of that to use the Crowne Plaza.

Another reason to change venues was to have the option of making it a wet event.

“The SUB isn’t allowed to sell alcohol anymore. A lot of places on campus don’t allow selling alcohol anymore,” she said.

“A lot of people complained about that and, not that we wanted this to be something where people get wasted playing beer pong, [but] we want people to have the option to have alcohol. The Crowne Plaza is a great place to have that.”

Because it is farther away from campus, organizers are looking at a way to get students safely back to campus.

“We’re looking at getting a busing system down from campus so that when the formal is over, students don’t have to worry about catching a cab or driving, so they can take the bus up instead.”

The formal will take place Dec. 8 starting at 7:30 p.m. and will cost $6 or $5 with a food bank donation. Non-STU students can get in for $10.

“They need to wear their masquerade mask, they need to wear their nice fancy dresses or their nice fancy tuxedos,” said Glover.

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