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Moorebid Ball, the annual campus-wide Halloween event is sold-out, according to the Student Government Association.
Moorebid will be held in the Spa for the first time since 2010, when the Campus Safety Department ended the dance 45 minutes early, after eleven students went to Saratoga Hospital, apparently suffering from alcohol poisoning. The eleven students requiring hospitalization also caused a shortage of ambulances in the town.
In 2012, SGA decided to make the event ticketed-only. The decision came after the 2011 dance was also shutdown early, marking the third successive year that Moorebid was cut short due to safety concerns.
"They usually get shutdown because they're above fire capacity, not because of a lack of ambulances," said Hannah DeGraaf, Chair of the Committee on Student Life, the committee responsible for planning the event.
Though many students have expressed their aggravation with SGA's 500-ticket maximum, the limit is not set by SGA. "It's because that's fire capacity for the space," DeGraaf said.
SGA members are surprised that the event has sold out so early. DeGraaf told The Skidmore News, "I thought we'd at least make it to Friday [before the event sold out]."
Last year 800 tickets were available, and though tickets were not sold out before the dance, SGA did sell out tickets at the door.
Moorebid will be held on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 26 and will run from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. "If the Spa isn't at fire capacity by midnight, we'll let students in for five dollars," DeGraaf said, but admitted, "even if you do get there, there's a slim chance that you'll be able to get in."