By: Meredith Whelchel – Managing Editor
Dayton 2 Daytona committee members have clarified criteria for University of Dayton students who are eligible to attend the May 2014 trip after an initial announcement in September said the trip would ban sophomores.
Jude Guerra, a senior entrepreneurship major and executive director of the trip, said full-time students who have completed four semesters and more than 60 credit hours will be able to go to Daytona this year. He said these requirements must be met by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.
“It’s hard to define exactly what a sophomore is by where they live or something like that,” Guerra said. “Basically the only way we can define that is by academic credit hours. If you have 61 hours by the end of the year, you’re good to go.”
Guerra said other requirements for student eligibility can be found on the D2D website.
He also said students can expect ticket prices to increase, mostly because to fewer students will be able to attend this year.
“I’m almost positive that prices will be around $250,” Guerra said. “Because less people are going, we simply can’t make as good of deals with the hotels which is why the cost is increasing.
The ticket price is an estimated $29 increase from last year.
He also said police officers will be stationed outside of the three hotels from about 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The three hotels include the Plaza Ocean Club, Ocean Shore Resort and the Mayan Inn, he said.
“Officers were parked outside the first hotel last year, and it didn’t’ seem to be an issue for students,” Guerra said. “It’s mostly to keep locals away and keep students safe.”