I have to admit that in the past, most of the large-scale events on campus just haven’t been appealing to me. Even as a freshman who lived on campus—the exact kind of student who most of these events seem to be catered toward—the big concerts with well-known artists, Spring Fling among them, simply weren’t events I wanted to go to.
It concerned me that so much money was being devoted to something that only some students would enjoy, and I’m willing to bet that the majority of students share my concerns. But this year’s Spring Fling is something that I am actually excited to attend.
As a student programming assistant at the Student Involvement and Leadership Center who has been helping to plan Spring Fling this year, I know I might seem like a biased reviewer.
But just ask any of my friends and coworkers—if I don’t think something is working, including something that our office is doing, I’m not afraid to call it out. The reason I applied for this student job was because of my interest in making a difference on campus by providing the kinds of opportunities that meet the needs of the diverse student body at Boise State.
That means bringing programs that have a practical purpose while still being unique, that are cost-effective while still making a big impact and that reach the students who aren’t usually welcomed by mainstream university initiatives while still being engaging for everyone. I truly believe that our student staff has put in the hard work to make Spring Fling embody all of those values.
You might have heard by now that Spring Fling 2015 is going to be really different from past years, and that’s not just buzz. The biggest change is that instead of contracting a big-name artist, we’re bringing in a DJ who can play the music that YOU request.
In my opinion, that’s far more interesting, cost-effective and intentionally thoughtful than a traditional concert. Musicians who are popular enough to have mass appeal across campus are simply too expensive for us to continue to afford, and musicians who we can afford aren’t popular enough to satisfy a majority of BSU students.
It’s just not fair that so much money that comes from students is put toward one costly spectacle that only a small fraction of students will be excited about. And there are a lot of opportunities to see great concerts here in Boise, so we want Spring Fling to be more than just a concert.
On top of the interactive music and light show, expect to see new attractions like fair rides, aerial dancers and food trucks. Our goal is to make sure that there’s something for everyone, and that it’s impossible to be underwhelmed at the event.
I believe that this year’s Spring Fling is going to appeal to more students and make an important and bold move towards a more sustainable end of the school year event.
It’s very important to me that all programs, Spring Fling among them, are based on what students are asking for. Feedback from past years has been our main context for planning, and I hope that you attend Spring Fling 2015 not just to enjoy the event, but so you can provide feedback that will help us to continuously improve.
Students like you and me matter, and I think that this Spring Fling is a good start towards valuing the voices of students who aren’t always heard.