What are your plans for Saturday night? If you haven’t made any yet, get your tickets for the ALC Ball! This annual staple event, sponsored by the AHANA Leadership Council, draws a huge crowd of BC students every year. This year the event will be held at The Westin Copley Place, a swanky hotel in downtown Boston.
Why should you go to the Ball? Sure, you could wander the Mods, dodging snow banks and the BCPD, but good luck getting into a party! Everyone else will be at the ALC Ball. You’ve been warned. With over 700 tickets sold to students, the party of the weekend is most certainly NOT going to be in some sweaty Mod.
So why not grab your Valentine, or group of friends, and head downtown for some classy fun? Complete with a delicious dinner and great company. Still not convinced? We sat down with co-directors of programming for the AHANA Leadership Council Denise Pyfrom, A&S ’14 and Gabriela Mejia, A&S ’13 to talk about the program. Here are their top five reasons why students should come to the ALC Ball this year:
1. It’s a masquerade ball!
Pyfrom says that the masquerade has definitely been a huge selling point thus far: “We’re going to have elaborate masks, as well as an elaborate surprise once we get here. We’re not revealing the surprise yet, but there’s some incentive to come right there!”
Mejia added, “The theme has had to force a lot of creativity out of us. This is the first time we’ve had one!” Masks will be provided for guests at the entrance of the ball.
2. The venue: The Westin Copley Place, Boston.
Have you ever partied at one of Boston’s premier hotels? If not, then here is the perfect excuse to get out into the city for a night of classy fun! Pyfrom says, “The hotel is easily accessible by public transportation! The Weston facilities are very elegant and beautiful. It’s in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Boston, attached to the Copley Mall.” The event was held at the Westin last year as well.
3. Open to all!
‘Do I have to be part of the AHANA community on campus to attend?’ No! Pyfrom says: “Although our main purpose is to do programming to celebrate and encourage the AHANA community on campus, we have gotten a very diverse crowd in the past two or three years. People from all sorts of backgrounds come to our event and we are really proud of that.”
There also seems to be some stigma on campus that the ALC Ball is restricted to upperclassman. Not the case, says Mejia: “Over the years I’ve noticed we’ve been able to get it more integrated. I think we’ve done a better job of publicizing to freshmen in the past couple of years. It’s definitely not just for upper classman.”
Don’t be shy, freshmen! Take this opportunity to venture out into the city with your fellow Eagles and make some new upperclassmen friends. We don’t bite, promise!
4. Great music from a student: DJ Ides.
This year the ALC Ball’s emcee is none other than BC’s own DJ Ides. Pyfrom promises you won’t be upset with his beats: “He’s very popular and probably one of the better DJs on campus!” If any of you have ever had the pleasure of jamming out to DJ Ides’ selections at an on-campus party, you’ll know that he never disappoints.
5. There will be a photo booth!
YES! An excuse to take ridiculous pictures with props! We all love taking selfies; it has become part of our weird, ironic culture. Photo booths just facilitate group selfies and make it easier to fit everyone into the shot. They have become the norm at events on campus, but according to Mejia, “We started that! Other events started doing it after they saw how popular our photo booths were. People realllllly like the photo booth!”
Have we convinced you yet? Of course we have! Make sure to purchase your tickets by Friday at the Robsham ticket office or here. Don’t wait too long; the event is a guaranteed sellout! See you all Saturday!
Tickets are $25. Event starts at 9 p.m. Doors close at 10:30 p.m. Event ends at 1 a.m. Buses will start taking students back to BC at midnight.
School, major and year: A&S, English, 2015
Hometown Charlton, MA
Favorite Beyonce lyric: "I probably won't make no money off this, oh well."