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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.

Varying viewpoints on Spring Weekend ticket sales

by The Charger Bulletin | April 22, 2015

By ERIC ST. AMAND
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
ESTAM1@UNH.NEWHAVEN.EDU
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To the disgruntled Spring Weekend students,

Over the past week, I have seen an outpouring number of students complain about their inability to attend the Spring Weekend concert featuring T-Pain, DJ Carlucci and Third Eye Blind. Many people have pointed the finger at SCOPE: the student committee of planning events. Although I personally have never been to a SCOPE meeting, I am well aware of the mission of SCOPE. They are a group of approximately 40 students who plan upwards of 200 events for the student body over the academic year. SCOPE spearheads some of the most popular and highest attended events of the year.

I personally did not have the opportunity to purchase a Spring Weekend concert ticket. Is it frustrating that the entire student body can’t be accommodated for this large scale event on campus? Of course it is. However, SCOPE is not the only organization that has had to turn students away from attending popular events. Spring Weekend is a tradition at UNH. It is a time for us, as students, to relax and have fun before the stress of finals consumes our lives for the last week of the semester. Spring Weekend drew in approximately 1500 students last year and is going to exceed that number for this year. We cannot blame SCOPE for advertising well and getting talented entertainers to come to our campus. Personally, I would like to congratulate SCOPE for such successful events!

I see many students complaining about the distribution process. To this point, I ask how would you have done it better? There are always going to be times of the day where students have class or club events. Even if you did an electronic registration process, I wouldn’t have been able to register during class. Other students recommended a change of venue. Personally, I enjoy having events on campus. It creates that community atmosphere we all have grown to love! Another argument was that we should have multiple showings of the concert. This would have been extremely costly and financially irresponsible.

Other unsatisfied students argue that since they are paying $34,630 for tuition and an additional $14,410 for room and board, they have a right to attend the Spring Weekend concert. I don’t disagree that UNH is an expensive private school. However, there are plenty of private colleges charging more than $10,000 more than UNH charges us. Also, only a small percentage of what you are paying actually goes towards a student activity fee. We all decided to come to UNH for a reason: a diverse major selection, proximity to home, a growing Greek community, size of the student body, the reputation of your major, experienced faculty, class size or even the infamous “experiential education” motto!

As the university continues to grow, there obviously is an additional need for space on campus. Although I am not happy with every single aspect of campus, the university has become home over the past four years. President Kaplan has seen the need for expansion and has made a large effort to continue the growth of the university.

With this being said, I understand the disappointment of students who were unable to get a spring weekend ticket. There is no questioning the fact that UNH needs more space for large scale events on campus! However, you cannot blame organizations that work tirelessly to create amazing events for us to enjoy.

SCOPE it out

by Scope | April 22, 2015

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Friday April 24
Showing of “Jupiter Ascending” at 8 pm in Gehring Hall 301

Trip to See “Matilda” on Broadway in NYC at 4:30 pm. Signs-up will be this week on Charger Connection

Saturday April 25
Trip to See “Lion King” on Broadway in NYC at 5 pm. Sign-ups will be this week on Charger Connection.

Sunday April 26
Trip to Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ will be at 10 a.m. Sign-ups will be this week on Charger Connection.

Monday April 27
Showing of “The Duff” in the Bartels Café at 8 p.m.

SCOPE it Out!

by Scope | March 25, 2015

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Thursday March 26
Super Smash Bros Brawl: Tournament will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bartels Programming Space.

Friday March 27
Make your own Travel Mug will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bartels Programming Space.

The film Into the Woods will be showing at 8 p.m. in Gehring Hall 301

Saturday March 28
There will be a Dave and Busters trip at the Pallisades Mall from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Following tradition

by Leah Myers | March 11, 2015

SCOPE presented their monthly Beanhouse along with several student musicians in the Bartels Programming Space on March 3 at 8 p.m. and ran until 10:30 p.m.

Students preforming at S.C.O.P.E’s 2015 Beanhouse  (Photos taken by Leah Myers/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Students preforming at S.C.O.P.E’s 2015 Beanhouse
(Photos taken by Leah Myers/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Beanhouse is an open mic event in which students perform by singing, playing an instrument, and/or reciting poetry. Though sign ups are in advance, walk-ins are welcome.

There was an abundant amount of seating and food provided. This event is totally cost free for admission and food.

Some students attend every month while others make an appearance every once in a while.

Performers this month included Brianna-Marie Barron, co-head of Special Events for S.C.O.P.E., on keyboard singing “A Thousand Miles” and “Home” by Vanessa Carlton.

Kyle Pickard and Bri L’Ecuyer performed an original song and “Done,” by The Band Perry. On The Fritz perfored several covers and original songs. Helen Schneider, a junior, sand Turning Tables by Adele. Robert Galvin on guitar performed “Wiseman” and an original song.

Afterwards, the staff and the performers who stayed took turns jamming with each other.

The monthly Beanhouse is a UNH Tradition going on for quite a while; Kristen Merlin, ’07, has attended the Beanhouses when she was a student here at the University before graduating and competing on The Voice.

Usually, Beanhouse has a great turn out with ten to 15 performers; however, because the snow cancelled classes and activities that evening, many students were driven away.

Scope it Out!

by Scope | March 11, 2015

See what’s coming after break!

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Monday March 23:
Film Showing: “The Hobbit”
in Bartel’s Café at 8 p.m.

Tuesday March 24:
Laser Writing Pens
in Bartel’s Programming Space
from 12 to 4 p.m.

Scope it Out!

by Scope | February 25, 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015:
Zach Ibrahim in Bucknall Theater at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday Feb. 26, 2015:
Madden Tournament in Bartels Student Dining at 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015:
Co-Sponsorship with CSSA in their Chinese Festival in Bucknall Theater at 2 p.m.
Film Showing of Dumb and Dumber with popcorn in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015:
Snow Tubing Trip at 1 p.m.

The Charger Battery

by Kaitlin Mahar | February 25, 2015

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Positives 

+ We got a bit of a weather teaser this weekend with a high of 43 degrees on Sunday, which gave all of the “bros” wearing shorts and t-shirts a bit more of an excuse for their choice in clothing.

+ Now that grades are starting to come in, it’s understandable if some of you are starting to realize that you have the mental capacity of a plastic spoon. Make yourself feel better by watching people who are (pretending to be) as stupid, if not more so, than you at SCOPE’s showing of Dumb and Dumber To on Friday.

Negatives

– Unless being homeless is your new aesthetic, don’t forget to drop your past ten paychecks on your housing deposit, which is due this Friday.

– R.I.P. to the seagull eaten by the hawk. And R.I.P. to the hawk that’s probably going to die from eating the seagull.

The Battery Charge

Three weeks separate us from Spring Break, and this week just might be the hardest since we have a Monday-Wednesday class schedule for three days this week to make up for all the snow days. On another note, take J.K. Simmons’ advice from his acceptance speech at the Oscars Sunday night and call your parents. They’ve probably forgotten you exist at this point.

SCOPE it out!

by Scope | February 18, 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 18:

Film Showing of Catching Fire in Bartels Cafe at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19:

Throwback Thursday Film Showing of Space Jam at 8 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 20:

Photo Dry-Erase Boards in Bartels Programming Space from 5 to 9 p.m.

Film Showing of Mocking Jay in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21:

Nore Davis in Bucknall Theater for BSU’s Comedian Showcase at 3 p.m.

Photo Pillow Cases in Bartels Programming Space from 5 to 9 p.m.

Film Showing of Flubber with Make your own Slime in Moulten Lounge at 8 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 22:

Go Karting Trip to On Track Karting at 3 p.m.; Sign-up on Charger Connection

Oscar Party in Bartels Cafe at 7 p.m.

 

Monday, Feb 23:

Film Showing of Dumb and Dumber in Bartels Cafe at 8 p.m.

Singing with SCOPE

by Francesca Fontanez | February 4, 2015

Some of today’s greatest hits could be heard coming from the German Club on Sat, Jan. 31, due to the SCOPE Weekend Committee’s Karaoke Night.

Mike Hagen singing “Losing My Religion” (Photo by Francesca Fontanez / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Mike Hagen singing “Losing My Religion”
(Photo by Francesca Fontanez / Charger Bulletin Photo)

The event ran from at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., and was an intimate event of about 20 people according to SCOPE committee heads, Solange Ramkissoon and Jordann Skloff, who arranged for the top three singers to be awarded with Amazon gift cards.

“Karaoke Nights are always a great opportunity for friends to get to together and sing some of their favorite songs,” said Derek Watson, President of SCOPE, when explaining why they continue to schedule semesterly karaoke nights.

“I sang ‘Sweet Caroline,’ and it was a crowd favorite! Everyone joined into sing,” said Watson.

Teri Tozzi, participant in the event, described the event as a relaxed setting where people could have fun with their friends, and make new ones. Tozzi went on to say that there were a variety of songs to

choose from, so everyone could find something to sing along to.

Danielle Cardone and Amanda Badai, members of SCOPE, attended the event to not only support the committee heads, but also to have fun. Cardone mentioned that since the setting was so intimate, if people knew the song they would just join in, and Badai added that by the end of the night, her voice was gone due to all the group singing.

Yet again, SCOPE has successfully hosted an entertaining weekend event for the student body here at UNH to enjoy.

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