When visiting a school to ensure it is the right fit for you, the last thing you want to hear is that when classes let out on Fridays, students run to their cars and speed home for the weekend. “Suitcase schools” tend to lack strong relationships with their students, and in an effort to avoid this label, Rider’s Student Entertainment Council (SEC) has created a new entertainment concept that allows for more exciting events on and off campus.
For the new school year, the SEC decided to include a variety of different events for students to attend. One trip was parasailing in Ocean City, N.J. on Sept. 15, which saw an excellent turnout of students, said SEC off-campus event chair Pauline Kothare. Creating diverse trips and events all year round will account for everyone’s tastes and increase the amount of people who stay on campus for the weekends.
This year, the SEC worked overtime to fill the beginning of the school year with fun events in order to ease the transition from the lazy days of summer to classes and schoolwork; their hard work is directly reflected in the attendance of the events.
To wrap up the first week of classes, an I Love College party was thrown in the Cavalla Room of the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC), where DJ Toro performed. The SEC found the party hosted about 1,075 students and provided a fun event to kick off the school year in style.
In an effort to obtain diverse performers to keep interests high past the initial week of school, eclectic guests were invited to campus to spice up the rest of September. Some unique performers were double-threat acts, such as ventriloquist and comedian John Pizzi, who came on Sept. 17, and comic fire juggler Marcus Monroe, who came on Sept. 25. Rider continued to keep things interesting even on Awareness Day on Sept. 20. It showcased various campus clubs and included a mechanical bull for students to ride, located in the Student Recreation Center (SRC).
According to Kothare, some enticing events are coming up for this year: Legends of Pride, an event which will feature Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga impersonators, and the annual fall concert this year featuring J. Cole and opening act, Miguel.
Brainstorming is underway for more functions throughout the rest of the year, and with the plethora of interesting new things going on, more people will feel inclined to stay at school on the weekends.
With SEC’s new entertainment concept already in full swing less than a month into the school year, students are reaping the benefits of the council’s creative event planning. It seems as though the student body is in store for a jam-packed school year.
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This week’s editorials were written by the Opinion Editor, Kristy Grinere.