Annual Boat Cruise Sails Smoothly
Students Gather At Boston Harbor For The Yearly UGBC-Sponsored Cruise
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 02:09
Boston College students donned sleek suits and semi-formal dresses for UGBC’s Annual Boat Cruise on Saturday night. The boat set sail around the Boston Harbor, with clear skies and a cool evening making a perfect setting for the event.
“I think it was a success,” said Alisha Wright, manager of Heritage Programming for UGBC and A&S ’15. “People were having a great time—taking advantage of the photo booth, the outdoor deck, and the two dance floors.”
The cruise was 30 tickets short of selling out. Over 550 students attended the event, which Wright considered a great number.
DJ IDES, BC student Alexandre Bou-Rhodes, A&S ’15, and a disc jockey provided by Spirit Boat Cruise entertained the crowd for more than three hours on the multi-level ship. Students mingled on the top floor and on the outdoor decks. A buffet-style dinner was offered on the main floor, featuring chicken fingers and pizza, as well as cookies and brownies for dessert.
There were minimal behavioral problems on the cruise, according to Wright.
“We had close to no behavioral problems which I’m sure made BCPD, our advisors, as well as myself pretty happy,” Wright said. “I was really impressed because one of our main goals of the last couple of years has been to reduce the number of transports at UGBC events, and we have been really successful at doing that.”
The Annual Boat Cruise is one of four staple events—including the formerly-named ALC Ball, GLC Gala, and ALC Showdown—under UGBC’s newly structured Heritage Programming department.
The “ALC” and “GLC” titles have been changed to “Annual” to present Heritage Programming as a unified division. Wright said that the title changes show that all students are welcome to celebrate the AHANA and GLBTQ communities.
“We really want to stress the fact that the integrity of our events is still there,” said Denise Pyfrom, vice president of programming and A&S ’14. “We are working with the [ALC and GLC] counsels directly to make sure that they feel represented in our events. We want to make sure that the groups who originally created the events know that we have their best interests at heart.”
The Boat Cruise acted as a welcoming event for the coming year. The Annual Ball, Showdown and Gala will feature celebrations of the history of the events and the culture of the AHANA and GLBTQ communities.
Students who attended the event said they enjoyed the evening festivities, but some were disappointed in the ticket prices.
“It’s always fun to get dressed up and see all your friends, but I wish it didn’t cost so much,” said Sean Haggerty, A&S ’14.
Wright hopes the Annual Boat Cruise will set a precedent for future UGBC events.
“I’m really glad that people came out and had a good time,” Wright said. “I think this set a good tone for the Heritage Programming events, and I hope it will encourage students to come to the rest of the events we put on this year.”