Student Life at Montclair’s (SLAM) annual Winter Ball was held at The Royal Manor in Garfield this year on Friday, Dec. 2.
Montclair State students and their guests dressed to impress at the elegant venue, full of sparkling chandeliers above the ballroom and buffet-style cuisine. There were plenty of people lined up for the photo booth near the entrance throughout the evening. The self-automated computer took four pictures per person or group, as everyone held up holiday signs and enjoyed their souvenir shots. All attendees received a plastic wrapped hot-cocoa as a token of appreciation courtesy of SLAM.
“It was a wonderful night with my best friend. It was great to revisit Montclair State again for one night and to have the prom experience I never had.” said Theresa Stier, a Montclair State graduate from the class of 2015. Stier said she didn’t attend her high school prom, but her best friend made sure she made up for it during Friday night’s festivities by buying her closest gal pal a white rose corsage with black ribbons, paying for her ticket and fist-pumping on the dance floor with her.
Although there were mostly positive highlights to the Winter Wonderland event, there were also some things that did not meet expectation. Late buses, freezing temperatures in the ballroom (cold enough for some to even wear gloves) and the food were a little disappointing. Cocktail hour brought more to the table, literally, than the dinner did. The music that played was sporadic, so scattered that the well-known party anthems like the Cupid Shuffle and Wobble were put on at the very end.