Last weekend was a college student?s dream. There were so many events happening on campus that I had the delightful agony of choosing which ones to take part in.
There were far more things happening than I had time to attend. Student groups managed to put on a smorgasbord of events that covered such a variety of subjects that some of it was bound to interest everyone.
UR students got to experience Tropicana, Earth Day, Fiesta, Greek Week events, a Yellowjackets concert and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Friends Association?s firstever Big Gay Party all in one weekend.
The student groups on campus do a fantastic job with programming. A lot of time and hard work went into these events and it shows. The results are impressive, and keep students coming back for more.
Two weekends ago ADITI sold out its annual post-Mela dinner, as they have for the last five years in a row. Tropicana saw well over 500 people attend its dance and the Big Gay Party drew an impressive crowd for a first-time event.
Spring always sees the increase of student-run events on campus, for a variety of reasons. The weather is finally good enough to do something outdoors, people want to celebrate the end of the year, and campus groups have had the time to plan and organize these large events.
The only problem I have is that most of these events tend to be packed into the last few weeks of spring, creating a lot of overlap in times.
This is detrimental not only to students who want to attend these events but to the groups that put them on.
I love attending these events, and if they were more spaced out, I could have made it to more of them. Take this upcoming Friday as a prime example.
Off Broadway, On Campus is putting on a show at 8 p.m., and both a Charivari performance and GLBFA?s Drag Show Part II are scheduled for 9 p.m.
These events would interest a similar audience, but since they overlap, people will have to choose one over the others.
Students miss out because they can?t attend every event that they would like to see, and the groups miss out because they lose attendance at their events.
If more of the events were earlier in the spring, everyone would benefit. Increased communication between different student groups could enable them to plan events at different times and this would solve the overlap problem.
The cultural programming and student run events on this campus are so impressive and worthwhile that everyone should have the opportunity to attend them all.