Springtime at the Rococo with ASB banquet April 16

Tickets available in student services. | PC: Chloe Blackburn

Tickets available in student services. | PC: Chloe Blackburn

As we approach the final weeks of the semester, the stress of final papers, tests and projects reach their climax. An evening to take a break and have fun before preparing for the final stretch can be a welcoming event for all.

ASB hopes to provide this with their annual spring banquet. Hosted at the Rococo Theatre in downtown Lincoln, doors will open at 6 p.m. on Sun. April 16. Tickets are still available, so sign up soon!

ASB is taking a different approach than previous banquets to provide a unique experience.

“We’re going to keep it pretty simple,” said Hannah Ashburn, senior studio art major and ASB social vice president. “ The theme itself is just ‘Springtime at the Rococo.’ So think vintage theatre and classy florals.”

In 2015, the Rococo Theatre had been voted in the top three for the category of “Best Place to Have a Party” in the Lincoln’s Choice Awards. The beautiful interior and warm atmosphere of the theatre promises an exciting night that you will not want to miss. The vegetarian dinner will be catered by the Rococo Theatre as well.

For the entertainment, photo opportunities and small activities will be available in between dining and socializing, but the main event will be a talent show. For this part, students can perform and enter for a chance at prizes.

Auditions are April 12 and 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. You can still signup! To audition, students can fill out a form on the ASB’s Squirrel HUB page.

“I think it’ll be fun to see your friends up front,” Ashburn commented.

This event allows for students to have a more active role during the banquet and become more involved.

When asked why students should come to this semester's banquet, Ashburn said, “I think they should come because it’s the last event of the year, [there’s] free food and the venue is awesome. I think it’s going to be a good time.”

Jojo Dunlap, senior nursing major and assistant to Hannah on the ASB, commented on the process for planning a banquet saying,“ There’s a lot of work to be done, but there’s also a lot of research. So you have to figure out what place is gonna be the best venue for “x” amount of people, figure out what kind of caterers to get for the place and who you can actually get for the place.”

"There’s a lot of phone calls that have to be made, meetings, brainstorming,” she clarified. “People think that we just think we call a place, book it, and that’s it, but there’s a lot of planning.”

Dunlap also mentioned this was not the first time Union has held their banquet at the Rococo Theatre. “It’s a great venue and I’m just excited to get to go back there for my last banquet at Union College,” she commented.

Ashburn shared the same excitement as Dunlap saying, “I hope that everyone comes out. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. We can wrap up the school year together. It’s been fun planning the events.”

Amanda McCarter is a sophomore studying biomedical science.