The Yale Student Activities Committee plans to give both Bulldogs and Cantabs a day to remember on the Friday preceding the Nov. 22 Harvard-Yale football game.
YSAC Chairman Andrew Cedar ’06 said the committee will make a map of Yale’s campus for Harvard students, which will include a listing of event times for things such as the annual Harvard-Yale Battle of the Bands. YSAC representative Tre Borden ’06 said residents of many Yale suites that traditionally hold parties will host pre-parties before the night culminates with dancing and games in Commons.
“We’re going to send a lot of things up to Harvard so that their students know what’s going on and where to find it,” Cedar said.
Borden said Commons will be divided into three areas. The front half of the dining hall will be designated as a dance floor. The back half will contain a lounge on one side and a game room on the other.
Borden said he hopes games will range from card games to Dance Dance Revolution, an interactive video game requiring participants to perform various dance steps.
“We wanted different things to do,” Borden said. “We wanted a big event — we want to transform Commons into a club of sorts with a disc jockey.”
Cedar said admission to the dance will probably be between $2 and $3.
“I’m hoping it will stay at $2,” Cedar said.
Borden said the committee’s plan is to have residential college party suites hold pre-parties from about 9 to 10:30 p.m. The dance will be held from 10 to 1 p.m.
Yale College Council President Elliott Mogul ’05 said the council is encouraging the party suites to send people to the dance when their pre-parties begin to wind down.
“The pre-parties end early because there are so many students there that they run out of alcohol and there’s nothing left to do,” Mogul said. “The dance may give students an incentive to do something fun that does not involve drinking.”
YCC Vice President Nirupam Sinha ’05 said the event will be the first one that YSAC will have planned entirely by itself.
“We think this is the first of many events where YSAC will fill the gap created by the loss of events such as Pierson Inferno and Exotic Erotic,” Sinha said.
Cedar said Commons is an ideal location to have a schoolwide event.
“I’m very excited that it’s going to be in Commons because I don’t think there’s another place at Yale that will show off campus as well,” Cedar said.
Sinha said the recent division of the issues-based and activities-based aspects of the YCC’s responsibilities into the Council of Representatives and YSAC, respectively, makes student government efficient.
“We’ve got people doing what they want to do,” Sinha said. “I think that’s more effective. We have people’s energies going toward their strengths.”