Refocused energy is needed

Callie Burgan

Last semester, Program Board members doubled the number of events hosted, and they plan to continue the trend. 

We realize that events are an asset to the campus community.

But we think that quality over quantity would be an enhanced approach when it comes to scheduling events.

Having constant back-to-back events planned each weekend is not tailored to the typical college student’s busy lifestyle, and, as a result, not as many people are able to partake in the fun.

Program Board members deserve praise for the direction they have taken recently with events like the trip to the Pittsburgh Penguins game, as well as comedian shows, which appeal to a wider interest spectrum, but may cost more.

We would like to see similar events arranged in the future that appeal to a broader spectrum of community members.

We think that shifting to a smaller number of higher-popularity events is a good direction or focus for the Program Board and away from partnerships with smaller organizations to fund events with lower costs and limited appeal.

We believe that a higher turnout rate would lead to lower cost per participant while the enjoyment of the events could be more widespread.

Still, board members should not ignore the partnerships and fail to find the the best of them with the broadest appeal. 

We believe that people could be eager to partake in both kinds of events—those chosen by Program Board members with broad appeal and events initated by smaller organizations.

Campus events are meant to connect students and organizations, and a balance can be found between planning larger interest events and meeting the needs of members in smaller clubs.

However, the Program Board members’ focus should be on selection, and funding of wider-appeal, more costly presentations.

With the tens of thousands of dollars allocated from activity fee payments, we trust the Program Board members have more than sufficient funds to carry out both.