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Spring Banquet: Buy tickets now!

After a long and excruciating two-year-hiatus, one of Eastern University’s beloved traditions has finally resurfaced. For seniors, this tradition may hold a special place in their hearts, but for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, this tradition has remained elusive until now. Spring Banquet, sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB), is a formal dance that is held every spring semester, just about a month before the end of the semester and graduation.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, Spring Banquets for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years were not held, resulting in over 500 Eastern students missing their last “hoorah” as a college student before entering the workforce or pursuing graduate studies. This year, we SAB-ers are grateful to reinstate this greatly-missed tradition back into the Eastern community for current seniors and all underclassmen who wish to attend.

If you are not a senior, you may be wondering what the appeal of the Spring Banquet is or why you should go, seeing that it is a school-sponsored dance. Current seniors and recent-Eastern alumni recount their experiences of Spring Banquet as a memorable night where they found it easy to forget about the stress of the semester and reflect on the great times they have had as an Eastern student. 

One alumna in particular even recounted her experience with Spring Banquet as eye-opening. “I wasn’t a big party person but the food, drinks, and dancing with people I loved was the best thing ever. It made me regret not going my freshman year,” said Malicka Encarnacion (‘21). No matter your stance on parties and dancing, Spring Banquet truly offers something special for everyone, and this year is no different, especially with the chosen venue for this year’s celebration!

This year, the Spring Banquet will be held at The Barn on Bridge, located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. This venue is a fully-restored cattle barn, now complete with three levels of comfortable seating, a spacious dance floor and a state-of-the-art kitchen, with outdoor seating and gathering spaces also available. Dinner will be catered and served during the event, with ample time to dance your stress away, talk a walk around the venue or to even play yard-games with your friends or your date. 

Tickets are on sale now on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until March 18th in the Zime lounge from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, then again from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Cash and card are both accepted forms of payment. Each ticket costs $50.00 for Eastern students, or $55.00 non-Eastern students, and they are selling fast! Grab your tickets now before it is too late to sign up! Questions about the event can be directed to SAB’s staff advisor, Sabrina Severe, at stugage@eastern.edu or to an SAB staff member during ticket sales.

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