Yachts are essential to any lavish lifestyle. On Friday March 4, more than 300 students from the University of La Verne got a taste of the luxurious life by attending “An Evening Adrift,” this year’s winter formal.
The 2,000-square-foot yacht dubbed the Entertainer, was decorated with nautical décor to match the open ocean setting of the Long Beach Harbor.
With seashells, sand and blue and tan accented centerpieces, the yacht fulfilled the fantasy of the lavish lifestyle it represented.
“We thought it was a fantastic idea to do something different this year,” Campus Activities Board member Jose Hernandez said.
“We knew it would be something that the entire student body would be very excited about.”
Students were surprised to hear that winter formal would not take place in a traditional venue on land.
“I think having it on the yacht was a good idea,” senior movement and sports science major Travis Arroyo said.
“It was a different atmosphere than previous formals and it was cool to be away from La Verne and do something I would not normally do.”
In the weeks leading up to the event students rushed to Office of Student Life to secure their spots on the yacht.
Bus seating was only available for the first 200 students, and many were disappointed by the lack of transportation for everyone who planned to attend.
“This year, because of the location of the formal and the higher amount of students, our budget didn’t allow to secure transportation for every attendee,” Hernandez said.
“Now that we have this experience under our belt, I’m sure CAB will take it into consideration in formals to come in the future.”
CAB did compensate for the high demand of ticket sales by reserving a larger boat, which held more passengers.
The increase allowed many students to invite dates and guests outside of ULV.
“My date to formal this year did not go to ULV and I was somewhat nervous about how he would enjoy himself,” senior psychology major Crystal Ramirez said.
“However he had a great time and was impressed that colleges can host such fun events. We both had a memorable time and the event overall exceeded our expectations.”
“Formal was an amazing night filled with great memories and laughter,” senior liberal studies major Katie Lytle said.
“It was a great place to dance with friends and sisters. It was the perfect ending to my four years at ULV.”
Senior Jocelyn Bravo also reflected on how this formal compared to past events during her years at ULV.
“I must say that senior formal on a yacht was the perfect way to end my time here at La Verne,” Bravo said. “But the most important thing was being there with all my close friends.”
Attendees were given drinking glasses printed with the date as a keepsake. The Entertainer truly lived up to its name and served as the perfect scene for memories made this winter formal.
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