1. a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied.
2. the dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move.
One of the first things you notice when you walk into Pembroke is not "space". Well-known for being a smaller College, Pembroke is positively cosy. The moment of realisation comes during the May Ball - who knew we could fit a ferris wheel next to the Master's Lodge?
Like any respectable college, Pembroke is all about space. We have safe spaces at events, spaces for work, spaces for drinking and painting, spaces for arguing and reading and worshipping. Like any respectable May Ball committee, our job is to transform Pembroke's space. We want to maximise the physical space we have, the "dimensions of height, depth, and width", hopefully creating a space for intertwining tradition and innovation.
Breathing in the antiquity of the architecture whilst recognising the age-old custom of excess that the May Ball represents, 2020 calls for our generation to look after the space we're lucky enough to live in. We want to be able to host an event of that scale without destroying the beauty of college grounds and without dealing a blow to the climate.
The May Ball should be about appreciation - being grateful for the chance to turn this space we call "home" into something enchanting for one night. Appreciating the atmosphere the natural setting provides us with, noticing the college’s blooms in May Week as if in preparation for the Ball, learning to take care of this space we’re lucky enough to have.