Perhaps I’m under the delusion that a formal is supposed to be a sophisticated and refined black-tie only event with fine dining and elegant music playing in the background that one can waltz to. Our GPSS formal, though touted as a “formal”, turned out be just another gradbar event replete with a boisterous and rambunctious atmosphere, ear-splitting music, people getting intoxicated and looking for hookups. We have several gradbars during the course of every semester, yet we cannot have even one single event at the end that makes us graduate students look mature, dignified and professional.
It’s the same situation for the boat cruise events during the fall with the primary emphasis being on the drinking/dancing and the actual cruise itself being left in the background; the cruise essentially becomes “clubbing on water”. Maybe the time has come to remove this “formal” misnomer from such future events and just label them as another dancing/clubbing event.
And no...this isn’t just one person’s ranting but the views of quite a few like-minded graduate students. Personally, I do care deeply about the image of GPSS and I hope that the next administration takes this viewpoint under consideration when the time comes to plan for next year’s “formal”.
I’m sure that others may not agree with the opinions expressed in this article and I welcome your thoughts/comments. Moreover, I do not wish to sound as if I’m belittling the organizers of this event. I do understand (and appreciate) the tremendous amount of planning and resources required to host an event of such scale and magnitude, and I thank you all for your effort and support.
This article is written by G. C. for GPSS website.
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