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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.

My first time at Up ‘Til Dawn

by Samantha Higgins | March 4, 2015

I’m one of those people that signs up for everything at the Club Fair at the beginning of the year. I always have the good intention of following through with a lot of them, but life happens and I usually drop a few.

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Unfortunately for me, I dropped Up ‘Til Dawn. I say unfortunately because after going to the Finale Event to report on it this past weekend, I wish I had been a bigger part of it. I wish I had played a role in making that happen. The heart and energy that goes into the event, from start to finish, all year round, is unbelievable. I talked to so many students and a majority of them were first time participants, but all of them were excited to be there and were there for the best reasons. The feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself is amazing and Up ‘Til Dawn makes such an impact on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; it was abundantly apparent throughout the night.

I have to admit, I was not thrilled with the idea of staying up all night. I have a chronic illness and I am very strict about my routine and staying on schedule so my body knows what is happening. I used to work overnights in high school and I just dreaded the idea of doing it again, but it was nothing like that. The events, the entertainment, the food and music—the whole night was bursting with energy. It was fun and exciting to be a part of.

Over the summer, I participated in the President’s Public Service Fellowship and had to read the Summer Reading book for the incoming freshmen. A quote from the book read, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” I feel as though all 520 participants have succeeded if this quote is believed to be true.

The impact that the 87,130 dollars raised by UNH will have on lives at St. Jude will be amazing. Although I wasn’t a part of raising the money, to be there and see students’ joy and fun while competing in challenges was a great experience for myself.

Up ‘Til Dawn isn’t just one event. It is a series of events to raise money throughout the year, and is comprised of individual teams raising money on their own. The Finale Event ends the year-long fundraiser as a thank you to all those involved. The Disney theme this year helped bring us all back to our childhood. The music went back to NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and High School Musical as well.

The finale event was so well planned, the people were so energized, so dedicated to what they were doing. It was truly heartwarming to be a part of it.

This event has the potential to be a signature event on our campus. This year, UNH raised so much money we surpassed LSU as the third top fundraising university in the country. With only a fraction of our student body participating and having those results, I can only imagine what we can accomplish if we can get everyone as pumped for this event every year as they are for Homecoming or Spring Weekend.

Word of mouth is the main way that UNH went from just under 200 participants last year to over 500 this year. I had no idea what it was until now; I knew of Up ‘Til Dawn and I knew they raised money, but I never truly knew the impact. I never understood the difference that all that money could make or the effort that went into each fundraising idea. Everyone participates for their own personal reasons, but I know that I will definitely be getting more involved next year, and help share information by word of mouth to help recruit even more volunteers.

All I can say to summarize is that, at 6 a.m. on March 1. when they announced the total that UNH had raised so far for St. Jude was truly a great time to be a Charger. Everyone should be so proud. I know I am.

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | May 7, 2014

Positives:

+ Summer is right around the corner! Remember to stay safe and enjoy these few months without school. Don’t spend it all wishing you were back at UNH, because that will come all too quickly.

+ Congrats to the cast of Spring Awakening for putting on such an emotion-laden and thought-provoking musical with maturity and grace. The set, lights, music, and acting combined to make quite a moving performance.

 

Negatives:

- The workload at the end of every semester. Although we know it is coming, it is rare to plan for it. We say we won’t procrastinate, but every semester eventually brings an all-nighter (or several).

- People on this campus are fiends when it comes to free food, it is always gone so quickly! When organizations advertise in huge print about food at an event, they might as well include “For the first five minutes only.”

 

The Battery Charge:

What an amazing Spring Weekend! From the comedian Loni Love, to the music-themed carnival and the Krewella concert, to the drive-in movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, this weekend couldn’t have been better. Thank you SCOPE for putting together such a fantastic few days!

Spring Concert explodes with Krewella

by Ashley Winward | May 6, 2014

This past Saturday, 1,100 Spring Concert attendees were treated to a power-packed concert put on by SCOPE. The Verge Campus Tour has been rolling through over 20 colleges in the past month bringing vendors as well as music. Verge Campus prides themselves on being “an all-inclusive national music tour that…is a convergence of different styles, different genres and different worlds in a new, exciting and engaging way.”

Krewella Headlines at the 2014 Spring Weekend Concert at North Campus (Jadams Photography)

Krewella Headlines at the 2014 Spring Weekend Concert at North Campus (Jadams Photography)

Along with the concert that night, a small vendor village was constructed in addition to the spring carnival that included Spotify, Karmaloop, EMUZE, Young & Reckless clothing and more.

Throughout the concert, host Gibran was keeping the crowd excited and giving away lots of free merchandise, including shoes, meet and greets with the artists and shirts.

Opening the concert was Radical Something, a three piece reggae/hip hop group from California. You might have seen Alex “Loggy” Lagemann, “Josh Cocktail” Hallbauer and Michael “Big Red” Constanzo around the carnival at various points of the day. They were very interactive with fans, taking pictures, getting on rides and holding an acoustic set in the vendor village. Their set spanned all three of their albums, We Are Nothing, Summer of Rad and Ride it Out. The first two can be downloaded for free off of their website, weareradical.com. Closing out their set with two fan favorites, “Be Easy” and “Long Hair Don’t Care” the crowd was dancing along to the very last note.

Next up was Logic, a rapper from Maryland, who has amassed a large following on line over the course of four mixtapes. He’s known by his fans as, “Young Sinatra,” and because of that, has started calling him and his friends the RATT Pack (RATT standing for “Real All The Time”). His set blended his own personal discography with some covers of hip hop favorites. He brought along some of his entourage on stage and all were very much engaged with the fans, jumping on and off stage much to the dismay of the event security.

Finally the curtains were lifted to reveal Krewella’s “Volcano” stage; a 30-by-18 foot structure made of reflection-mapped crystals as well as LED video screens to produce various light patterns and display video to work in conjunction with the songs. When sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, better known as Krewella, appeared at the top of the volcano, the Charger Gymnasium nearly shook with excitement. Mixing hits off of their album, Get Wet, with dance mixes of fan favorites; We Will Rock You and Jump Around just to name a few, the music never stopped for a second.

One very special moment of the show was when they brought the crowd down for an acoustic performance of,“Human” as well as dedicating it to a group of friends and family who were brought inside the barricade for the song. Hearing reviews from the crowd, many described the Verge Campus Tour as being the best Spring Weekend concert in years.

 

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | April 23, 2014

Positives:

+ This year Disable the Label was an interactive day about disabilities that either receive no coverage or negative coverage by the media. From activity tables, to guest speakers, and performances, Delta Alpha Pi, the Office of Student Activities, SCOPE and Sigma Chi sponsored this informative day.

+ Two organizations on campus, Honors Student Council and the UNH Green Team, have been bringing two weeks of events to our campus, celebrating our Earth. Not just Earth Day, or Earth Week, but “Earth Weeks.” These organizations have been offering entertainment without wastefulness. From an acoustic show, to an international food festival, to an inflatable maze, it is clear that fun doesn’t rely solely on technology.

Negatives:

- Seeing recycling dumpsters filled to the brim may seem like a progressive site, but not when they are filled with plastic bags. UNH does NOT recycle plastic bags, so any recyclables thrown into the trash just end up in the landfill!

- Hearing students endlessly complain about Spring Weekend. Of course, no performer can please all 6,000 students on campus; everyone has different tastes. Two options remain: go and enjoy the weekend, maybe discover new music, or make your own plans that will please you.

The Battery Charge:

If senioritis, warm weather, nor the calendar date reminded seniors their undergraduate career is ending, then Charge Out sure did. The day was full of receiving caps, gowns, cords, stoles and finalizing graduation plans made graduation seem right around the corner.

Spring Concert 2013

by Nadine Northway | May 8, 2013

Spring Weekend finally arrived and SCOPE brought some new entertainment to the University of New Haven for 2013. On Friday, May 3, OnCue, Hot Chelle Rae, and Meek Mill came to the Charger Gymnasium to perform at the annual Spring Concert. The DJ booths on stage really got people’s attention, and when the artists came out to play, the light show was fantastic.

Meek Mill performed for UNH’s Spring Weekend. (Photo by Meghan Makowski)

First up was OnCue, a rapper from Connecticut. He came on stage with great energy and got the crowd excited for the show. He debuted some new material he had been keeping from his fan base and really gave it his all. The crowd’s favorite song was “Cereal,” which talked about living in poverty and only having money for cereal to eat.

Hot Chelle Rae, a pop rock band from Nashville, Tenn., came out with a bang and got people moving. It was a good break from the rapping atmosphere that the Spring Concert was centered on this year. They brought a different audience with them and mixed up the crowd. They sang some of their biggest hits, “Tonight, Tonight” and “I Like It Like That.”

When Meek Mill, a hip hop artist from Philadelphia came on, the crowd went wild. Decked out in his chains, he got everyone jumping, dancing and singing along. He sang a few of his hit songs like “Amen,” “I’m a Boss” and “House Party,” and then decided to have his DJs work the crowd as he did his own renditions of a few other popular songs like “Good Kush and Alcohol” by Lil Wayne and “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Future and Rick Ross.

Genuinely pleased by the energy from our school, he kept showing a smile and having fans recite the words to songs.

Each artist performed for different amounts of time. Headliner Meek Mill performed for only half an hour while Hot Chelle Rae and OnCue spent more time on stage. Although students were disappointed with the short length of the concert, they were still captivated by the performances and by each artist.

Overall, the Spring Concert was a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Cannot wait to see what UNH and SCOPE have planned for next year’s Spring Weekend.

Spring Weekend Performers Revealed

by Ashley Winward | April 3, 2013

The wait is over UNH; SCOPE hosted an announcement reveal party on Thursday, March 28, to spread the news of the Spring Weekend performers. Speculations began earlier in the week when two cardboard cutouts in the upper and lower levels of Bartels appeared with a box reading “Spring Weekend 2013,” where people could guess the artists in the hopes of meeting them during Spring Weekend. This year’s lineup looks to be a heavy rap/hip hop show with a well-known pop headliner sure to bust the roof off of Charger Gymnasium.

Hot Chelle Rae (AP Photo)

First announced was independent CT rapper OnCue. Hailing from Hartford, you might know him if you’ve ever been checking out mix tapes on datpiff.com. He has been getting his name out there cranking out mix tape after free mix tape, gaining a dedicated fanbase. OnCue released a track on iTunes a few months ago called “Home” in memory of the lives lost in the Newtown tragedy; 100 percent of the proceeds made from the track went straight back to Newtown. I’m a very new listener of OnCue, but I love how real his lyrics are and how chill his music is. Being a Chris Webby fan, it was really easy for me to get into OnCue’s music, so anybody who listens to artists like Webby or even campus local K-Woody should be excited to see what OnCue will bring to Spring Weekend. Perhaps a Webby cameo could be in the works so they could perform “Home.”

Next up on the announcement lineup was Meek Mill, another rapper, who comes from Philly. He started his career in a group called “The Bloodhoundz” before getting a solo record contract with TI at Grand Hustle Records. After switching onto Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, he began releasing his “Dreamchasers Series” of three mix tapes, the third set to be released in early May.

He also got a studio album out called Dreams and Nightmares, which received rave reviews when it dropped in 2012. If his name hasn’t become familiar yet, you’d probably know him best from his 2011 hit “Ima Boss” featuring Rick Ross, later remixed to include Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Swizz Beatz as well. I can predict now that the crowd will erupt when he starts that track. “House Party” is going to be another huge song in his set, and I think that even those just waiting for the last act to perform will have fun seeing Meek Mill. His music has a bounce that makes it so easy to dance to.

Finally, my favorite artist of SCOPE’s announcement was none other than Hot Chelle Rae. This pop rock group released the song of the summer in 2011 with “Tonight, Tonight,” off their album Whatever. Their carefree pop sound will always remind me of summer, and what better way to end the semester and bring on summer vacation than with Hot Chelle Rae. Their music is sure to melt your stress away before finals week, singing about riding around with the top down, shaking off whatever might be bringing you down and embracing the fact that we’re all “Beautiful Freaks.”

I think these guys are going to bring a high energy that everyone will love. I would tell you what song I’m most excited to hear, but honestly the entire Whatever album is so amazing I could never choose. Even their 2009 album Lovesick Electric has some amazing tracks on it, including my favorite ballad of theirs called “Bleed.”

The Spring Concert will be held on Friday, May 3. Along with the Spring Concert performers, it was announced that Deray Davis (of Wild n’ Out and Barbershop fame) will be the featured comedian on Saturday, May 4. Be sure to get your tickets early because you are not going to want to miss out on these shows.

 

“Poor SCOPE”

by The Charger Bulletin | November 7, 2012

By THASHA BRIGNOL

I picked up a copy of the 8th issue of the 94th volume of the Charger Bulletin and I must say, I was less than pleased. One article in particular stuck out in my mind for its mediocrity and seeming pettiness. The open letter submitted by Rachel Boulerice about Spring Weekend possibly being cancelled is lacking in substance and importance. With a title like “No Spring Weekend?!” one would assume this would have been an articulate article addressing a hard-hitting issue that affects all students however it was chock-full of typos and was written with quite the immature tone.

Firstly, this issue presented by the SCOPE President is not an issue at all. She was complaining about a well-endowed club that simply does not have as much wealth as before. There are many clubs on this campus that make due with what they have and are quite resourceful with the little they are given (I am referring to the clubs Rachel mentioned as only offering programs for “one type of student”. Whatever that means). There is no reason to cut back on Spring Weekend to offer minor weekend visits to the Peabody Museum and Apple Picking. I am sure and certain that the majority of the student body (who SCOPE should be catering to) would rather have an amazing spring weekend than have to delete emails about mindless events and trips that only 13 freshmen end up attending anyway.

Secondly, I cannot help but to note the pedestrian grammar in this article. No care or time was taken or spent to explain the workings of USGA meetings in reference to miscellaneous and budget planning. If the goal was to inform university students and attempt to make students sympathize with SCOPE, a huge chunk of students (those who do not attend USGA meetings) are left in the dark and confused based off the confusing jargon used in this article.

Instead of being petty, snarky and taking shots at other organizations or complaining about something with a clear solution (either raise money or cut back on lightly attended weekend events for the much more heavily attended Spring Weekend), more professionalism, heedfulness, and concern should have been exuded to ensure that all students would be able to understand the current situation that is affecting them.

What Really Happened with the SCOPE Miscellaneous Budget Request?

by The Charger Bulletin | November 7, 2012

By ROSS WEINER

What really happened with SCOPE? Are they not going to hold Spring Weekend? As a USGA Senator, I will tell you what exactly happened with SCOPE and the miscellaneous request.

As we all know, any club or organization can get money from USGA miscellaneous account. SCOPE had money cut last year from their budget, so they decided to go to miscellaneous to get the money for the weekend events.

In September, SCOPE went to the budget committee and asked for over $100,000 from the miscellaneous account for weekend events, extra money in their budget and Spring Weekend. The budget committee agreed to give them the money.

According to the USGA constitution, any budget request over $3,500 must go up to USGA. So SCOPE’s request for weekend events was denied by USGA because we felt like it was too excessive a request. They asked for over $80,000 to run their weekend events, but during this meeting USGA voted that SCOPE get over $30,000 extra dollars for Spring Weekend. SCOPE has a budget over $250,000 to run Spring Weekend, so why is SCOPE complaining that they cannot throw Spring Weekend if they have a budget over $250,000?

They are complaining because USGA did not want to give SCOPE an extra $31,000 for their weekend events. It would have emptied out the miscellaneous account until rollover came. This would have meant that other clubs and organization on campus would not get money to run their events until rollover came. Nobody knows how much rollover would have been or when it would come. This notion that SCOPE has to cut Spring Weekend is ridiculous.

SCOPE requested over $80,000 for weekend events. If they had to take $80,000 out of Spring Weekend it would mean there would have to be a cut in Spring Weekend, but Spring Weekend would not be canceled.

It is absolutely wrong of SCOPE to hold the USGA hostage for money. A lot of clubs’ budgets have been cut and they are not writing articles in the Charger Bulletin threatening USGA. I understand where SCOPE is coming from, but SCOPE must realize that there are other clubs and organization that need miscellaneous money from USGA.

I am asking for the head of SCOPE to apologize to the student body for threatening to cancel Spring Weekend.

 

Disclaimer: According to SCOPE, there was never an intention to cancel Spring Weekend, only to limit some of the larger activities associated with the event.

 

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