The Annual CGCU Freshers' Ball has taken on another new twist this year as it has been marketed as a 'Masquerade Ball' rather than just the run of the mill Freshers' Dinner. Once again CGCU have teamed up with their colleagues in the Royal College of Science to run two dinners and joint entertainments all on the same evening.
Choosing to rely heavily on individual branding for the event rather than the names and brands of the two Unions, Presidents Mark Mearing-Smith and David Charles hoped to reignite the dwindling interest in a traditional 'Ball' that has been shown over the past few years. Last year the CGCU Autumn Ball sold less tickets across the nine engineering departments than the RSM did over two departments. RCSU took a different angle altogether and did not host a Freshers' Ball arguing that this was not the type of entertainment that students were looking for at the beginning of the year.
However, the gamble appears to have paid off with Dinner tickets for both meals having completely sold out ahead of timetable. CGCU and RCSU had planned to stop selling Dinner tickets on Tuesday 21st October, ten days before the event, as this was the deadline for raising a purchase order for College Catering. However, ticket sales ceased before this dealine as all of the tables had been filled, a great success for both Unions. The popularity of the event has surprised CGCU Vice-President (Activities), Matthew Taylor, who told Live! "People have been coming into the Office saying 'I've bought my mask for the Masquerade Ball, can I buy a ticket now please?'. The theme really seems to have inspired people."
Another success for CGCU is that the majority of students attending the Dinner will be first years. Tickets were advertised to incoming students in a letter sent out to their home address during the summer and the take up from this was exceptionally high. The only thing worrying Acting Honorary Secretary, Kirsty Patterson, is that nobody will know the Boomalaka and the Guilds hacks on top table will be left looking very silly. Not everybody shares this optimism however, commenting on the ticket sales from his new home in SAC, ex-Deputy President (Finance and Services), Chris Larvin, joked "You'll still make a loss", presumably in reference to his own Summer Ball.
If you still haven't bought a ticket for the Masquerade Ball then Entertainments Tickets are still available online, on the Sherfield Walkway between 12-2pm or from either the CGCU or RCSU Office. For only £15 students can take advantage of the two late licence bars, excellent DJ in the Great Hall, Jazz Quartet, Casino, Chocolate Fountains and much more. Guilds advise that you get hold of your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.