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Saying goodbye

by Samantha Mathewson | May 6, 2015

I can’t believe I have reached this point in my collegiate career: I am editing my last issue of The Charger Bulletin, I have run my last track meet, and this is my last week of undergraduate classes at the University of New Haven.

I can’t say I know what comes next, because, let’s be honest, I have no clue; but I can reflect on the many memories I have from my time at UNH that has led me down the path I wish to pursue when I graduate.
I will start with an embarrassing story, because as I sit here with tears welling in my eyes, it is the only thing that can hold them back.

I knew I wanted to come to UNH for as long as I can remember and I didn’t really apply anywhere else. I applied early action, annoyed my track coaches with what seemed like daily emails and wore the UNH t-shirt I got during an open house every night to bed from the time I sent in my application till the day I got the phone call that changed my life.

The day my acceptance phone call came was like any other normal day. My dad had picked me up from practice like always, but when we got home my mom was acting weird – an overly happy kind of weird. She reached to play back the recording of my acceptance phone call that came earlier that day and all I can remember is running laps around my living room and kitchen before promptly calling all my family members.

August came before I knew it. I had graduated high school and bought out the entire stock of Bed Bath & Beyond’s college section; but that was the easy part. It was move-in day, and the actual moving in part went pretty smoothly, but then it was time for my parents to leave and I lost it. I was convinced I couldn’t do this and told my dad to take me home. While he wouldn’t let me give up that easy, it was just two short days later when I returned home since campus was evacuated because of Hurricane Irene – only of the many weather-related storms endured during my time at UNH.

Since the day I returned to campus, till this very day, life has continued to be just as much of a rollercoaster. I have accomplished the many goals set before me including, acquiring Editor-in-Chief of The Charger Bulletin, President of Lambda Pi Eta, remaining a dedicated student-athlete, studying abroad…twice, having an internship at The New Haven Register and so much more. However, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, and the friends at UNH that have become my family.

These last couple weeks are surely bittersweet, but I couldn’t be more excited to hand over the reins to Editor-in-Chief, Elissa Sanci, and Assistant Editor, Samantha Higgins. You both have been dedicated to the paper since the day you each started, and I know that you will do a great job next year.

The Charger Bulletin has been my life for four years and my goal in life is to write for a publication that makes me as proud to be a journalist as I have felt since the day I saw my first article published.

The last step

by Elissa Sanci | May 6, 2015

One of the very first things I did when I walked on to this campus nearly four years ago was ask how I could be part of The Charger Bulletin. I was very involved with my high school newspaper, and I’ve always known that after college, I wanted to pursue a career in journalism.

I remember my first staff meeting. It was in the faculty dining room in the lower-level of Bartels and I remember being very nervous as I sat and waited for the meeting to start. I can still hear Liz Field, the Editor-in-Chief at that time, talking about how she wanted more people to start writing news. I signed up for an article about marijuana use on campus and left the meeting excited to work on something for a college paper.
That marijuana story was on the front page, and from the moment that I saw it sitting under The Charger Bulletin masthead, I knew that it’d be my goal from that day forward to become the Editor-in-Chief of the paper by my senior year.

It’s hard to believe that I actually made my dream come true.

These past three years have had their ups and downs, but The Charger Bulletin has always been a constant. No matter what was going on in my life, I knew that I’d be able to look forward to writing weekly articles, copy editing on Monday nights, and reading the paper every Wednesday. This year, as Assistant Editor, I dedicated more of my time to working on the paper than I did on my own school work at times; I know that seems silly, but The Charger Bulletin always remained a priority.

I’m so excited to take this next step in my life and take over the reigns as Editor-in-Chief. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this—staff reporter, copy editor, opinion editor, Assistant Editor and now Editor—without the help of Sam Mathewson, Liana Teixeira and Elizabeth Field. Liz and Liana gave me the first push I needed to get involved and stay involved with the paper. Liana has always given me the encouragement I needed to succeed since the very first day. I’ve known and worked with Sam since my first semester with The Charger Bulletin, and growing as a writer with her has been a privilege. I know that Sam will go on to do amazing thing in the real world of journalism and I loved being able to work with her for the past three years.

I’d also like to congratulate Sami Higgins, who will be Assistant Editor next year. Sami has worked so hard since she started at the paper and she’s always been such a dedicated staff member. I’ve watched Sami grow as a staff writer and a person and I can’t think of anyone who’s more deserving of this position. I look forward to working with her next year!

Quality over Quantity

by The Charger Bulletin | May 6, 2015

By ANONYMOUS

Quality over quantity. We’ve all heard this phrase before, but the older I get the more I see the importance of it in my relationships. Every year, I notice my circle of friends growing smaller and, for a while, I thought that maybe I was doing something wrong. It wasn’t until recently that I realized the only thing I am guilty of is getting smarter, and with that wisdom, I have learned that when it comes to friends, it is quality over quantity.

Our generation is one that is highly focused on numbers. We base our self-worth off of the number on the scale, or the number of Twitter followers we have, or the number of likes we received on a horribly filtered Instagram photo. So it makes sense that while we are young, the number of friends we have also plays a factor into our own personal score card.

In high school, everyone wanted to be popular. There was no such thing as being too popular, and even if you were part of the select elite of the high school cool crowd, you always wanted more. Popularity is based on the number of friends you have, not the character of these friends or how they treat you; just the number. If you have a lot of friends you have a lot of plans. If you have a lot of plans, you have a lot of cool things to share on social media. If you have a lot of cool things on social media, you have a lot of likes. You see, it is one big cycle, and before I gained my newfound wisdom, it was all based on quantity rather than quality.

This carried over into freshman year of college. Sure, we had grown up, but now we had to start all over. We had to ensure that our cool factor didn’t drop now that we were starting fresh and we pushed ourselves into forced friendships. We wanted to know about weekend plans, wanted to be included in trips to the mall or downtown, and to do so, we made friends for quantity. It didn’t matter that we had nothing in common with the people we spent our Friday nights with; all that mattered was that there was a group of us and we felt like part of something. The quantity made up for the lack of quality in our friendships, and that was okay.

But then you start getting older and you begin to realize that in actuality, quantity is nothing but a number. And because of this, your circle will grow smaller. At first it will feel like you are losing friends, like it is your fault and you don’t know why. But eventually you will realize that now you only want to be around quality people, people like yourself, people who understand you and care about you and don’t just want to use you to take a cute Instagram photo with. You learn that it is more important to have a few really great people in your life, dependable and genuine ones, rather than a whole lot of people who are just sub par.

When you keep a small circle of friends, your stress levels decrease drastically. It is simple math: less people means less drama. You have a few people that you can trust instead of a bunch who will lie to you, talk behind your back, and ultimately hurt you, because you were just a number to them and not really a friend.
Someone once said, “Make sure everybody in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.” Once you find your true group of friends, you will never have to worry about anyone drilling holes; they will always be right beside you rowing because they care about you and your relationship.

So if you are like me and are finding your circle growing smaller, don’t have a panic attack. It is a good thing! You are making relationships based off of quality instead of quantity and you will be much happier because of it.

Sinking Fast

by The Charger Bulletin | May 6, 2015

By ABRAHIM ORABI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
abrahim.orabi@chp.edu
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When does a tragedy cease to resonate? I only ask because today, one hundred years ago, was a tragic day…but most of us feel nothing. In recent years it seems that we have been condemned to repeat this tragedy as aresult of forgetting it.

On May 7, 1915 a passenger ship called the Lusitania was spotted by a German U-boat and struck by a single torpedo. In 18 minutes the ship and nearly 1200 of its passengers were on the ocean floor. Sound familiar?

If not, consider this. The presence of German U-boats in the North Atlantic was well known during the days and weeks leading up to May 7, 1915. Several British Destroyers and small passenger carriers were torpedoed or shot immediately prior to the Lusitania disaster. British intelligence intercepted every German communication. The exact location and course of every German U-boat was known and documented…in secret. There was no mystery. British intelligence was fully aware of the danger that lay ahead for the Lusitania. They knew it…and nothing was done. No naval escort and no re-routing instructions. Winston Churchill was even reported to have stated that endangering the Lusitania could have its own advantages. The implication was that compromising the Lusitania (and its 159 American passengers) would give the U.S. an excuse to enter the War and greatly help England secure victory over the German super-power.

The parallels between the sinking of the Lusitania and more recent events of the 21st century are disturbing. Not only has history repeated itself; we seem to have learned from it…and not in a good way.

If these events have taught us anything, it’s that countries are willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent people to pursue war. What’s worse, we stand oblivious to the crimes before us and are made to believe that the perpetrators are our protectors. On this day, I’d ask that we all take a moment to educate ourselves on our not-so-distant past. After all, those who forget it are bound to repeat it.

Riding the Yak: Finding Your Herd Through Social Media

by Ashley Winward | May 1, 2015

You’ll find it on pretty much the majority of student’s phones here at UNH; the little blue icon with the cuddly looking yak. YikYak, since its creation two years ago, has been the hot app on college campuses across the nation, allowing users to “yak” a short post with complete anonymity while others can choose to like (up vote) the post into popularity, or dislike (down vote) the post off the rolling feed. The idea of anonymity has caused a lot of stir about the app, and the harm it can possibly do. However, after talking to YikYak’s Lead Community Developer Cam Mullin, it’s clear that the focus of this app is community and getting funny as well as useful content across to a wide range of people.

Many cite the ability to post anonymously as the downfall to this app, fostering bullying and negativity.

“I think with anonymity, it does a number of things. It flips social media upside down a little bit. On YikYak, it doesn’t matter who you are that’s posting, it matters what you post. It doesn’t matter if you’re Justin Bieber or Cam Mullin or anyone; you’re going to be judged the same on content. I think that level playing field has made the captain of the football team the same voice as that quiet guy in the back of the classroom and I think that’s helped give a voice to people that might not always have one and it makes the best content surface to the top, not the popularity of the poster.”

Mullin also brought up a good point that almost all social media spreads negativity in some way. “There are misusers on YikYak as there are misusers on any social network; whether that’s YouTube, Facebook or Instagram, there are going to be people that misuse the app and our goal is to minimize that as much as possible. We have tools that we give both the community and YikYak headquarters has to limit that. An obvious one is down votes, the community can down vote posts and if it gets to a score of -5 it gets removed. Beyond that users can report messages which takes 1, 2 or 3 reports to be taken down. At headquarters we have filters running looking for hot words, that might be associated with racism or homophobia and looking for them, categorizing them in a different way and we have a team of moderators looking at the posts that have been reported and taking them off or keeping them on. They have the ability to suspend users as well as block users indefinitely. Now we’re implementing this thing called natural language processing, which is in short a computer that can read through text, identify which ones are inappropriate and take them off. It’s a constant improving process. One other thing is that we’ve geofenced high schools across the nation you might have heard about. If you try to use YikYak on a high school campus it will say ‘YikYak’s for adults only, sending and receiving messages are disabled.’”

When something is portrayed in the media right of the bat so negatively as YikYak did, it can be difficult to garner support and market the good in the app. Mullin explained how their general portrayal influences their marketing. “We’ve implemented a lot in the past year and yet it’s still very early for the company, we haven’t been around that long. We’ve gotten a lot better at moderating and taking out the bad stuff, it’s a process that gets better every day. How it influences marketing? A lot of people that use YikYak regularly, understand the value and understand the humor and love it, it has great content. I think for other people that don’t know much about it, if there is a case of misuse, say a racist post and they see a screenshot or a collection of shots it paints a picture of YikYak that doesn’t necessarily reflect us holistically, you can cherry pick a couple of yak that make it seem like a harmful place. In response to some articles that have done this, our Yakers have come behind us and said you guys have totally missed the point, if you go to a hot feed, you can see a lot of helpful information, humorous content and community oriented.”

Community is what’s at the heart and soul of YikYak and Mullin was very passionate in this point. “YikYak is like the local bulletin board right? People can put up whatever they want and the community decides what rises to the top and what gets taken off, so it’s all up to how each community uses it and different communities use it different ways. You look at a school like Bucknell, which is kind of separated and on its own, their community is almost strictly students and all the content on there is relevant to specifically the student body. And then you look at NYU, and there you see tons of students but it’s also mixed in with a bunch of visitors that might be downtown, people who live downtown, students at Pace University next door and their feed is different and often identifies with a more diverse group of people because it is more than just the student body because it’s a much more diverse population.”

As lead community developer, it’s the goal for Mullin to bring this community feel to college campuses and hot spots around the country. “This is something we focus on heavily and my job specifically, that’s all I focus on, making sure that communities grow the right way. I’m making sure they’re talking and that the content on their feed is valuable and appropriate. I can share a couple of stories with you right now; one is that there are professors that I’ve spoken with that feel that they’ve never been so in touch with their student body, until YikYak. It’s kind of interesting to hear professors on YikYak, but the content feels like you’re talking to your friends and for someone like a professor who’s not necessarily in those conversations they definitely feel like part of the discussion and get to understand their students and how they feel outside of their lectures. Another thing is whenever I go to a new place, YikYak is the first app I open; whether I’m at UNH or Penn state or NYC, I feel like I get to understand at a deeper level what’s going on around me. If there’s something dramatic going on I get to know what’s happening, maybe a sunny day I get to see more of the inside jokes going on. I peak into University of Hawaii, and they have all these slang and different terms they use. For example, auntie is a word that they use for an older woman in the community that you might look up to and respect. I learned that through YikYak, even though I wasn’t there I was able to peek in and learn more about the culture and the community.”

Each location is its own little community, and with that each community is different. The ability to come together on an equal playing field and broadcast out to the student body I think is something people miss when they’re scrolling through the feed. So many people want to immediately harp on the negatives but you can’t help but notice how much good the app can do. It’s all up to the users and who is posting.

Finally, I had to ask the one question that has been on my mind and I know the minds of many: what does “ride the yak” really mean? In short it’s about using the app and finding your community.

“We have a number of tag lines, “Find your herd,” or “ride the yak,” and I would say that ride the yak means that you use YikYak a lot. If you’re riding the yak, it’s the app that you’re on, the app that you’re using, it’s the app you identify with. It’s the app you feel a part of, you feel a part of the herd. You can’t ride the herd because you can’t ride more than one yak,” he laughed. “But you’re riding the yak with a herd. You’re riding the yak on a yak in a herd with your herd communicating on YikYak.”

 

A new way of signing in

by Courtney Brooks | April 29, 2015

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I received a request from a fellow student to address an issue at UNH that I’m sure most of you have dealt with at least once. It may not seem like a big issue, but when it happens to you, it is the most frustrating thing in the world. It is enough to ruin your day, and definitely your exercise regimen. So to whoever is in charge here, my fellow UNH students and myself are asking you—why can’t you get into the gym without a student ID card?!

Apparently, it is a rule at the Rec Center that you must have a valid student ID to use the facilities. This seems reasonable; I wouldn’t want people coming in off the streets and being able to take up the machines when students are paying thousands of dollars to use the facilities, but there must be an easier way than always showing a student ID.

If it has happened to you before, you know how frustrating it is to get to the gym only to realize you left your ID at home. It’s not like getting to the gym is an easy task; you have to either trek across campus in the cold or you have had to fight the Campbell Ave. traffic and find a parking spot, only to be told you have to go home. I know the people working at the check-in desk in the gym are only doing their job when they turn you away because you don’t have an ID, but sometimes it would be nice just to get a break.

What many students don’t understand is that if you are a student at UNH, you are entitled to a gym a membership, and students can easily be identified through our student ID number. So why can’t they just look us up in the system with our student ID number, instead of just blatantly saying “No, you can’t workout if you can’t show your ID”? On top of it, they have our picture on file, so their should be no reason why that is not a valid form of identification. It is the majority opinion among students who regularly use the Rec Center that it would be much easier just to look up our student ID numbers than to turn people away and prevent them from working out.

It gets even more frustrating when you have to go get a new student ID card but the bookstore closes at 6 p.m. After having a full day of classes, all some of us want to do is work out and de-stress, but if you can’t get to the book store by 6 p.m. for that new ID, you can kiss your workout goodbye. The Rec employees will take no sympathy on you and if you think they’ll just let you slide, well guess again. But the employees at the Rec are not the ones to take your frustration out on; they are just following orders. It is whoever is higher up that made this dumb rule that deserves your wrath for ruining your workout.

The Rec Center is a great facility, and students want to take full advantage of it. For fitness freaks, missing a day of working out could be detrimental to their schedule, and I don’t think that should happen simply because they cannot find their ID. As college students, we have a million things on our minds; it is easy to misplace a little plastic card. The Rec Center should consider looking students up by their ID numbers instead of turning students away when they encounter this problem. I just don’t see the need for ruining someone’s workout over something so small.

Cards needed for consistent gym access

by Gabby Nowicki | April 29, 2015

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Here’s the rundown: you head to the gym, pumped for a workout only to realize you forgot your student ID. You approach the front desk in hopes that the customer service attendant will be able to look up your name. Except they don’t: they say no. You argue a little with them, in the hopes that they will just let it slide. Unfortunately, they stick to their word and refuse to let you past the lobby without an ID. You have no choice but to leave, disappointed and pissed off. It’s a stupid ID; why do they need to see it when my picture and information is already in the system?!

I’m here to tell you why. I have been working at the Rec for over a year now as a customer service attendant and was recently promoted to building supervisor (those folks in the maroon shirts walking around with an iPad). I know the policies inside and out and there are countless times while on shift when the exact scenario, as stated above, occurs.

Some people are understanding and others become infuriated: yelling and threatening to the point where I need to radio my supervisor.

I get the same arguments day in and day out. “I don’t have my ID; can you just look up my name? I have my ID number.” “Can I be signed in as a guest?” “Don’t I get one free pass a semester?” “I’m just here to practice dance; I’m not actually working out.” “I lost my ID and campus card is closed. Can you please let me in? I really need to work out.” The list goes on and on and each and every time, my response is: “Unfortunately, no.”

So, why, you ask? From day one of training, I was told that it is the University’s policy that ALL students must carry their student IDs on them at ALL times. Because this is the University’s policy, it has to be ours as well. Even if we let people without IDs through, we would be violating the University’s policy. That waiver that everyone had to sign even states that you must have your ID in order to be let into the building.

You cannot be signed in as a guest because you attend the university and therefore you are a student, not a guest. And that whole ‘free pass a semester’ was eradicated after the gunman on campus incident took place. If you are entering the gym, past the lobby, you need to sign in because what happens if another potential shooting takes place? We won’t know who is in the building. You will be unaccounted for. It’s a liability issue and we are not just a Rec Center but a business as well, so we need to cover all of our bases.

We get it. Forgetting your ID and not being let in is obnoxious. It happens to the best of us, but there is nothing the employees can do. If we let you in, and you get hurt, we can lose our jobs and, no offense, but that’s not worth it to us. So please keep this all in and mind and respect it. There are rules for a reason and as adults, we hope you can understand that.

Put yourself in my shoes. Would you break some important policies at your work place just because someone made a mistake?

It sucks for us too when we have to turn you away; try to keep that in mind. So, please ALWAYS have your ID when you come to the gym and everyone will be happy!

Library resources

by Samantha Higgins | April 29, 2015

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All of us know about going to the library to print our papers for classes or work with study groups before a big exam. Some students take advantage of additional services, like the CLR tutoring or the quiet study floor to get through their semester. But there tends to be two groups of students that attend the University of New Haven—students who always go to the library and utilize the library’s resources and students that never go.

The librarians know that it can be overwhelming trying to understand everything about databases and the resources that are available to them; they want students to know that they are there to point them in the best possible direction, so students should never hesitate to ask for help. The librarians are all there to teach the students how to find the resources “that they don’t know they need.”

The library has resources available of which even some of those students who frequent it most are unaware. Students have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one research appointment by calling or emailing the librarians and then have the chance to work with a librarian and have individualized attention on how to research, what that particular assignment might require, and what skills and techniques to use acquire all the information you’re looking for.

Most students rely solely on Google when they are conducting their research for their classes, and very few students attend the library workshops where they’d have the opportunity to learn new skills.

At these workshops, students would also learn that only 20 percent of information is on Google! So databases are extremely important to a well-researched assignment. Students need databases to get through college and workshops, librarians and one-on-one appointments are only a few of the opportunities available to help learn the skills required to navigate through them.

Blackboard is also a great resource tool for students to connect with librarians at any time from their dorms, home or anywhere else on campus. Blackboard has an “ask a librarian” discussion board available to students in classes where professors have made fit.

The library has a plethora of resources available to students, so if you can’t find what you need, or if you are having a hard time, or even if you have an idea but want to make sure you are going down the right path—ask. They want you to ask. They are there to ensure that you are learning and finding all the information that you need so don’t hesitate to ensure that you are.

Apple Watch: Time wasted

by The Charger Bulletin | April 29, 2015

By ABRAHIM ORABI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
abrahim.orabi@chp.edu

Did Tim Cook always dress like that?

Something tells me that a little piece of the real Tim Cook dies each time he puts on a matte grey shirt and dark jeans. The same goes for Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi.

You may not know them by name, but you can always recognize the uniform. They represent the inherent dichotomy and mystical power of the Apple brand—a company conceived in the counterculture of the 1970s with the mantra “Think different.”

Unfortunately, like all good things of the 1970s, this vision has died a cruel and unusual death. Slowly, “Think different” has transformed into “Think disconnected.”

With Apple, we have witnessed the creation of a human drone factory marketed with ideals of individuality. And if you can understand the previous sentence, let it be known, you ARE the resistance.

Now, let’s talk about hypocrisy. I write this using iWork’s Pages on a MacBook Pro, which I gladly purchased for an ungodly sum of money. I have an iPad, an iPhone, an iPod, and a MacBook Air all within an arm’s reach of me at this very moment.

Yet I insist—I am not a hypocrite. I am aware and I am conscious. I refuse to partake in drone-like behavior, but I will never stop using Apple products. I believe they are the best of technology.

I also believe they are the worst. I know this because I have lain in bed at all hours of the day with my wife beside me. Instead of reaching for her, I reach for my iDevice. I know this because I have answered my iPhone while reading a book…the kind made of paper. I have wasted countless hours searching YouTube and Facebook. I have sold my soul to the AppStore and my body to Apple Health.

And while I realize that Apple is not alone, there was never really a choice. How many HP laptops have you seen in Starbucks? When was the last time you visited the Microsoft Store? When was the last time you even saw a Microsoft Store? Does your mother know what Android is? Does your grandfather know what an iPad is? To say that we have a choice is like saying that McDonald’s and Saladworks are on a level playing field. Trust me, Saladworks does exist.

So what’s wrong with feeding at the trough of Silicon Valley? The problem is that we no longer know when we’re hungry. We’re hungry when Papa Alto says we’re hungry and we’re craving whatever mystery meat he wants to serve us.

An Apple Watch is about as useful as a watch made of real apples. We simply don’t need it. But somehow, in the coming weeks, millions of people will be convinced that the need is real…and extremely urgent.

In the meantime, I’d urge you to “Think different.” Read a book…the kind made of paper.

Varying viewpoints on Spring Weekend ticket sales

by Courtney Brooks | April 22, 2015

Spring Weekend is perhaps the biggest event of the year at the University of New Haven, bigger than Homecoming, Alumni Weekend or any other weekend set aside for student activities. Spring Weekend is so popular because it is student’s segway into summer, one last hoorah before we suffer through finals and then make the trek home for the next three months.

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UNH prides itself on hosting an entertaining, safe, fun-filled weekend with something to offer students with a wide variety of interests; there’s a comedian, a carnival, a concert and a drive in. In the past, as weather gets warmer and the talk of who will be performing at spring weekend becomes a frequent topic of conversation on the quad, students were ready and excited. However, this year, for the 4500 students who will be excluded from the concert due to sold out tickets, the feeling of excitement was replaced with frustration and rage.

By this point, I am sure everyone knows that ticket sales for this year’s spring weekend concert, where Third Eye Blind and T-Pain will be performing, sold out at a record breaking rate and were gone by the end of the first day of sales, Monday, April 13. Rightfully so, the students who didn’t have the opportunity to get a ticket to the concert on Monday due to prior commitments were disappointed, to say the least. My question is, why, at a school of six thousand students, are there only fifteen hundred tickets available and why were they all sold on the same day?

Members of student organizations who put on this concert took to Facebook to quickly defend themselves from angry, ticketless students, saying that it isn’t their fault that there aren’t enough tickets and placing the blame on those who chose the venue, the Charger Gymnasium, and its capacity limit. I agree, I don’t think the blame should be placed solely on one organization, but I am confused as to why a solution is still not in place for everyone to get a chance to see the concert.

It is extremely unfair that over half of the students that attend UNH have to miss out on the biggest event of the year. We all pay an extremely high tuition rate to attend UNH and are often told that some of our tuition money goes to funding these events for students. Well if that’s the case, shouldn’t everyone who is funding Spring Weekend, all 6000 students, be able to attend the event they are basically paying for?

The first mistake made regarding spring weekend was choosing to hold the concert in the Charger Gymnasium. There are many other venues in which the concert could be held that would allow more students to attend. To name a few, the Rec Center, the Quad, Kayo Field or the football field; we have all these amenities at UNH that could be potential venues for the concert so why are we choosing the smallest one with the lowest capacity?

The second mistake was the ticket distribution process. It was not fair that all tickets were sold in one day. What about the students who have long commutes and couldn’t make it to campus during the time tickets were sold? Or the students who have jobs and couldn’t take time off of work to stand in line for a ticket? Or the students who prioritized class over entertainment and didn’t skip to get a ticket only to be punished for it? If there were only 1500 tickets, they should have sold 500 three days a week, so everyone had an opportunity to make time to get one.

Finally, the fact that there is only one showing is a mistake in and of itself. At bigger schools that have to accommodate for a much larger population, they do multiple showings of concerts so everyone can go. So how come at UNH only 1500 students were accommodated instead of the whole population?

If the venue must remain the same then there should be at least two showings so at least half of the population can attend.

Any of these would be viable solutions to the problems regarding the spring concert. Some people wait all year for this one weekend of fun and it is wrong to simply say oh well, better luck next year. Every student at UNH should be able to enjoy the concert, all 6000 of us, not just 1500 and that would be possible if these solutions were taken into consideration.

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