An advertised feature of the May 17 Prom was an informal photo booth, which allowed students to take pictures with friends and props.

However, the machine malfunctioned. Snapshots Photobooth in Grass Valley, chosen for its success at the silent auction earlier this year, had a mishap when a part of the printer burned out.

The company has promised to refund the Student Council, and from there adviser Patricia Jacobsen will return cash to students who purchased Prom tickets.

“We were really disappointed because we thought it’d be super fun and something new,” Jacobsen said.

Formal photographers were excluded this year due to their lack of popularity with the students. Jacobsen said the photo booth was supposed to be set up an hour before, but due to the burned piece, the machine had several problems. Only a few pictures were taken, none of which were able to be printed.

“I feel really bad. I think everyone took their real photos beforehand, but this was some people’s senior prom,” Jacobsen said.

“I was really disappointed because I thought it was going to be so fun. I’ve been to one before at an event,” senior Abigail Pantoja said. Like others, she was able to take one or two photos before the machine stopped working altogether.

“Now those people don’t have something in writing that says ‘2014 Prom’ or something like that,” Jacobsen said.

Refunds will be made as soon as the Student Council reaches Snapshots Photobooth, which so far has not contacted Jacobsen.

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