The average human being would scowl at the idea of being packed into an unfamiliar vehicle and transported to an unidentified location. Many would run away at the proposition.
However, combined with cash-only booze, a decent banquet, Brooklyn drill music and a Moulin Rouge-themed dress code, one may receive several hundred enthusiastic nods of approval instead.
This was precisely the case at Montclair State University last Wednesday, April 27, when Student Life at Montclair (SLAM) held its 2022 edition of the Spring Bash.
March into University Hall with a CDC-approved vaccination card or a negative test and a legal ID, sign your rights away to SLAM and you can be herded into a coach bus to be driven two minutes down to Valley Regency in Clifton.
Located conveniently on Valley Road, the Valley Regency is the event space and banquet hall that was selected as the site for SLAM’s Spring Bash.
Upon passing through a red balloon arch, one would find themselves in a massive banquet hall dotted with black tuxedo-donned servers dashing throughout the room. With the words “MOULIN ROUGE” spelled out in massive, illuminated lettering.
For the banquet, there was a modest salad with a balsamic vinaigrette as the appetizer. Followed by an attempt to appease the event’s carnivores by serving both grilled chicken and roasted steak with a side of assorted veggies.
For dessert, there was a grab-bag of Italian cookies that seemed to go untouched by most throughout the night.
From dancers with tasseled dresses and feathers perched atop their heads to the slip-n-slide-spilled-drink dance floor, the night remained at a classy and lavish level. And between couples sharing publicly intimate moments and testosterone-fueled mosh-pits, the night seemed to be a success as well for most.
It was a time for revelers to celebrate the end of the spring semester and a sluggish return to their regularly-scheduled academic careers.