Student apathy on the decline
Posted on October 14, 2005
It seems that things are starting to improve on campus. No, no. Founders Hall is not getting the refurbishing that it so desperately needs and deserves as of right now. And no, plans to improve the parking situation are not being thrown into the mix quite yet.
But there is one remarkable thing that is taking place on campus and it is definitely worth noticing. Lookout, you anti-social, apathetic students: your time is running out.
The newest student trend to hit campus is as popular as those low-rise jeans were a few semesters ago. Actual student involvement is the new craze and student apathy is on the decline.
Thanks to a new breed of advertising on campus that actually seems to be working, students are finally starting to attend events on campus and sprucing up their college careers. Instead of just sitting in their dorms, waiting for the next cosmic bowling event to come around and whining about the boredom that is La Verne, students are actually stepping out and taking part in University sponsored events.
With the death of the Student Center, it has been hard to spread the word about events on campus. Instead of just plastering posters over stacks of other posters that have long been forgotten and ignored, members of the Campus Activities Board and other organizations on campus have decided to think of new, more eye-catching ways to actually grab the attention of students and – fingers crossed – convince a few to attend their events. And this new genius form of advertising – gasp! – actually seems to be working.
In order to advertise for upcoming homecoming events, members of CAB and the Associated Student Forum have donned costumes and worn signs to help spread the word. Reminders for the already popular cosmic bowling nights have been written with glow-in-the-dark chalk around campus. Last week’s dodge ball tournament was advertised through the use of cardboard paddles that were passed out on campus.
In the near future, bulletin boards are expected to be erected around campus. These boards will allow clubs and organizations to advertise their events in allotted spaces and help decrease the amount of clutter that has long uglied-up our campus.
Kudos to the people that have finally realized that a piece of trash doesn’t become a bonified flier just because it has a stamp on it courtesy of the office of student life. These new advertising strategies, compared to the old methods of simply sticking posters anywhere and everywhere, are actually informing people of events and luring them in.
Can you believe it? The advertisements are actually doing their job.
This week, an estimated 200 students showed up to cast their vote for illuminations. On Sept. 27, Founders Hall held an amazing 300 people all wanting to see comedian Jeff Garcia at an event co-sponsored by CAB and the Latino Student Forum.
If these events are any indication of future event turnouts, then student apathy is definitely on its way out.
Let’s just hope that these unique methods actually catch on, otherwise we can look forward to a repeat of last year’s five and six person turnouts to lectures, forums and art exhibitions.
All this time we thought the students just didn’t care... as it turns out, they just didn’t know. Huh?! Who would have thought that poorly advertised events would have poor turnouts?