As the semester moves into its final weeks, tickets for Baruch College’s annual end-of-year party, Baruch Bash, have gone on sale.
Hosted by USG, Baruch Bash is an opportunity to celebrate the end of the academic year. Students are able to dance, mingle and, if they are over 21 years of age, drink alcohol from an open bar.
The tickets are heavily subsidized by USG, which means that a larger number of students being able to attend while allowing USG to rent out the entire venue for the night.
Baruch Bash will be held at Marquee New York, a nightclub on 10th Avenue in Chelsea. USG went through a strenuous process to find Marquee, touring upward to 20 venues.
While price and various other requirements from the Office of Student Life played a major role in the choice of venue, great care was taken to make sure students under the age of 21 have the ability to attend.
Students under the age of 21 were barred from last year’s Baruch Bash due to numerous factors.
“[The previous event coordinators] planned the event in a shorter amount of time, and they didn’t really know what kind of budget they were working with until later in the year. So the venues that were willing to take under-21 people as a liability were extremely limited,” explained Nardine Salama, executive vice president of USG.
She cited the Office of Student Life’s requirements around the event as another reason why students under the age of 21 were not able to attend, with a rule forcing alcohol to be separated from the main event room paring down the list of possible venues even further.
Salama, an integral planner of this year’s Baruch Bash, paid special attention to making sure those under the age of 21 would have as good an experience as those who are of age.
“When I was picking through the venues, I didn’t want the under-21 people to feel like they were at a different party,” said Salama.
She elaborated that alcohol will be available on Marquee’s balcony and in a separated room, encouraging those over the age of 21 to go and mingle with their under-21 peers once they have imbibed their drinks.
USG increased the quantities of food that will be available at the event and made sure to establish a security presence at the venue in order to help facilitate the night.
However, a lack of interest among younger students may undermine Salama’s efforts. As of press time, tickets for students under the age of 21 are the only ones left available for purchase, leading Salama to posit that next year’s Baruch Bash may not be able include them.
“It’s kind of discouraging for next year for whoever is going to do Bash … they’re really going to have to reconsider continuing having under-21 people since the demand really isn’t [as heavily apparent].”
Besides a Facebook page, Baruch Bash’s social media presence also includes promotional videos, the first of which garnered over 2,000 views in one day.
Viral Shah, representative senator, spoke on his previous experiences attending Baruch Bash.
“It’s like a prom, but not exactly like a prom. It’s that time of the year where everyone just forgets everything—what has happened for the past few days because it’s just
after finals, and [students] need a calm environment where they can forget everything and party with their friends.”
He asserted that having people under the age of 21 attend Bash this year is a huge advantage over last year’s event, with the increase in crowd size only adding to the excitement. “It’s going to be bigger and better this year than it was last year,” said Shah.
As of press time, the name of the entertainment for the event has not been released. USG has booked the “only company on the East Coast that does [this type of entertainment],” Salama teased.
Baruch Bash is will take place on May 26, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Marquee New York.