Article by: Maddie Mason, Carina Leaman, Raleigh Norris

If there’s one staple when it comes to clichés, it’s the high school dance.

Homecoming or prom; take your pick. There are elaborate plans involved with asking someone to the dance, buying the perfect outfit, waiting with wobbling knees outside their front door to pick them up. But there’s one thing the movies always gloss over.

Actually buying the tickets.

It’s a mystery why the tickets are so oddly priced. The signs are plastered all over the walls:

SINGLE TICKET, $25. PAIR TICKETS, $30.

So if a person doesn’t get a date, not only do they possibly have to overcome the embarrassment that’s expected of going alone, but now they have to pay more?

Normally, homecoming is less of a date night, with no slow songs or interesting dance moves. Not many people go with a special someone, but instead go with a group of friends.

More likely than not, the person in question will merely find–or drag–one of their friends along with them, so that they can split the cost of the ticket. And that’s fine.

But making tickets $25 for a single ticket is a rip off for people who only want one. It’s more expensive, and very unfair.

It is understandable that ticket prices need to be a certain amount so that the school can pay the venue that they are planning to use, but there could be a balance. Either the single tickets should be less expensive or the couple tickets should be more.

With prom coming up, dance ticket prices will once again be plastered across the walls of the school. But if they’re anything like last year, it’ll look something like this:

SINGLE TICKET, $25. PAIR TICKETS, $50.

Some students may not be good at math, but it’s easy to realize that no one is naive enough to believe that’s actually a good deal. That’s just insulting.

Although homecoming is definitely not as popular and important as prom, it is still important to have fair ticket prices. Students would appreciate it more if they felt that they were spending their money fairly.

Maybe next year ticket prices will be fair, and more people will be willing to go. And who knows; maybe they’ll sell more tickets, and actually make more money for the school.