If there is one thing that St Andrews is known for across the nation, it is that we, the students, love lavish events and attend them regularly. We convey this illusory image that the price does not matter – we are willing to pay for it – but I know that that is not the truth for a majority of students. In fact, we want to guarantee that our money is going towards something great and, when the Kate Kennedy committee proposes an event that starts at £45, we want the reassurance that skimping on cheaper meals for the next few weeks will be worth it. It is safe to say, however, that the KK knows what they are doing. On the eve of May Dip this year, the Kinkell Byre hosted – handily – one of the most entertaining nights of the year.
After being around for 90 years, the Kate Kennedy Club is expected to know how to throw a solid event, and they did not disappoint. May Ball has always been an institutional ball that freshers and graduating students always enjoy. From the classic fair rides to great music, May Ball delivered their standard ball on a silver platter. Unlike years previous, people did not have to queue from the wee hours in the morning to grab a coveted ticket, making the whole process all the more enjoyable. As per usual, there were three types of tickets, but the main question is: is it worth that extra few pounds to get some of the perks?
On Saturday night, Kinkell Byre sparkled with the lights of the annual May Ball as hundreds of St Andrews students descended upon that lofty hill overlooking our picturesque town. While the time-consuming bus transfers may be irritating and at times disorganised, the ability to leave town for an evening is always welcomed. As the last ball of the academic year and the last general black tie event before the advent of exams, May Ball is a unique occasion that permits the student population to dance off their cares and worries for one last time before returning to haunt the library.
With coursework deadlines reached and classes coming to a close, the arduous prospect of exams is on the minds of all in the St Andrews community. However, spring has sprung and it is time for one last night of fun and extravagance before the trials and tribulations of the exam season descend. The Kate Kennedy Club, this year presents their renowned May Ball at Kinkell Byre on May 2nd following on from May Dip.
As one of the last balls of the year, May Ball carried high expectations for me. This year it definitely had the shock factor with a choice of a whirling rides, sweet candy floss and the jamming dance floor. No matter where you went first, you were sure to have a good time.
Early on this week I met with Chris Kunkler, this year’s May Ball Convenor. We spoke about expectations for the night and the atmosphere he’s looking to create. Though I’m biased, as he once cooked me pasta in exchange for history notes, I admit that I felt pretty excited after our conversation. Hopefully you, reader, will feel the same. Chris and the rest of the society, have endeavoured to provide the guests with a fantastic time, irrespective of the ticket they’ve purchased.
Exams are upon us and, as per usual, the sun has found its way to St Andrews just in time for our self-imposed library solitude. Nerves are tightly wound. You’re gnashing your teeth over the time lost by May Dip and May Ball hangovers and avoiding eye contact with that friend whose only topic of conversation this week is spider diagrams.