Excitement was running high last week as ticket sales for the first ever Imperial College Summer Ball to be held on campus in South Kensington got underway. Early indications are that the event is going to be a sellout and that this year's team have finally cracked the ball problem at IC and found the magic formula.
The 2001 event is a complete new direction for the ball, with an optional dinner and a relaxed dress-code for the rest of the event. For the first time, the emphasis seems to be on the music and entertainment; promised attractions include the writers of "The Austen Powers Theme", 'The James Taylor Quartet', the 90s DJ duo 'Bentley Rhythm Ace' and the high-profile remix outfit 'Les Rhythmes Digitales'.
However, as ICU's summer ball secretary Paul Bradley enthusiastically observed, "It doesn't stop with the music." A casino in the MDH, union DJs in the JCR and a fairground, make the non-dining option look very attractive at only £25. In a surprise move, college figures have even agreed to allow dodgems on the Queens Lawn.
Tickets for the Imperial College Summer Ball can be bought from the ICU office on the first floor of Beit Quad or from stalls around campus at lunchtimes. Fax booking forms and other information can be downloaded from the summer ball website