On behalf of SCOPE, I would like to thank everyone that came out to our events this semester! We would not be able to plan such great events without your support. Good luck on finals and have a safe and happy summer!Tweet
This year’s Spring Concert was one to remember. It included performances by DJ Tommy Carlucci, T-Pain and Third Eye Blind. Here’s a recap of how the evening went:
The line to wait for doors to open was already pretty long when I arrived at 6:30 p.m. By the time doors opened an hour later, the line stretched all the way around the parking lot of North Campus. There was also a line on the other side that people without tickets could stand, hoping to get in a few vacant spots on the floor. The stage was set up in the back of the gym, with standing room in front all the way to the other wall. The barricade was about six feet from the stage so people in front really got up close to the show.
DJ Tommy Carlucci – I don’t really know why there was a DJ at the concert with two other artists, but probably to keep people hyped in-between sets. DJ Tommy Carlucci played two 20-minute sets before each act while the stage was being set. He did a decent job of keeping people excited, but more because of his song choice than his actual DJ skills. UNH student Kaitlyn White described it as, “When it was good it was good, but sometimes it was really awkward with no hype from the crowd.” He was also off to the side, so the people that couldn’t see him wouldn’t know the difference if it was live or a recording.
T-Pain – T-Pain was the first act up out of the two, and he played for about an hour and a half. Now coming to this concert, I had no prior knowledge of T-Pain’s original work, other than the countless songs he’s done with other artists. However, a bunch of other students I talked to and myself, T-Pain was surprisingly impressive and entertaining. Some people say contrary to Third Eye Blind, T-Pain’s performance allowed for people who aren’t huge fans to still enjoy the music and the show. What I really liked most about T-Pain’s show is that is was so well thought out, put together, and organized. The show revolved around T-Pain, his hype guy and a female dancer bringing out the fun and energy in all of the songs. What was also really great was the fact that he played a lot of songs that he has been featured on that were and still are really popular.
Third Eye Blind – The closing act on the concert was Third Eye Blind, the San Francisco based band that have sprung many hits in the past 15 years. They opened with one of them, “Never Let You Go” and played a few other songs after. Their big announcements were that they just finished their new album and are set to go on tour this summer. They played a few new songs that were being played live for one of the first times, and I thought they were really great. The most surprising thing about the set was when the whole band just walked off the stage – except the drummer, who went on a solo for at least five minutes. He actually incorporated a sampler with different sounds and vocal effects (voiced by Jay-Z) to accompany his solo, which was awesome. Third Eye Blind finished off with “Semi–Charmed Life” and “Jumper,” which were obvious crowd favorites. Unfortunately, Third Eye Blind’s set was a bit short which could be for a few reasons. Some say it could be because T-Pain played for longer than he was supposed to, and it also could be from the fact that a lot of the crowd didn’t seem into the performance, other than for their few hit songs.
Spring Concert 2015 was definitely a great first Spring Weekend concert experience for me, and I hope that everyone else had as much fun as I did.
“I liked that SCOPE really tried to get artists that different types of people would enjoy rather than catering to one specific crowd,” said White.
SCOPE really put on a great weekend and I can’t wait to see what next year will be like.Tweet
+ Happy Arson Awareness Week from the Fire Science Club! Or, if you’re a freshman trying to microwave a poptart, just another week.
+ A moment of silence for all of the students who are about to destroy their livers during Spring Weekend. Be sure to post all photos of partying with Dave Coulier and Mr. Woodchuck. Cut. It. Out.
– Students were excited about the Glowstick Party the Music Industry Club put on in the quad on Saturday. They were even more excited when it was over.
– After attending The Department of Economics’ Economically High on Marijuana event on Monday, stoners all over campus are demanding an apology for giving the event such a misleading name.
It’s our penultimate week of classes, and I think we’re all looking forward to celebrating at Spring Weekend after such a long, crazy year. We’re not completely done yet though, so don’t check out too early – showing up drunk to class these last two weeks (if at all), is not recommended.
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.
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.Tweet
By ERIC ST. AMAND
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.Tweet
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.
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.
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.
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.Tweet
See what’s coming after break!
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.
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.