By Lauren Santye
The Student Entertainment Council (SEC) wants students to make memories during their time at Rider and this year, they are providing multiple opportunities to do so.
So far, the SEC has had off-campus activities such as a parasailing trip, which took place in Ocean City, N.J. and an on-campus dance party that transformed the Cavalla Room into a late-night dance spot.
“I’m still getting emails about what a great time students had and how enthusiastic they were about the parasailing trip,” said Pauline Kothare, the off-campus events chair of SEC.
Lorelei Colbert, the Student Government Association (SGA) president who also works with the Office of Campus Life, was one of the 32 students who went parasailing and felt “the trip was a perfect day away from campus.”
“It was a beautiful day to be sailing along the shore and some of our students even got to jet ski,” Colbert said. “It’s even nicer to know that the trip was sponsored by the SEC. Those creative student leaders definitely did their job and made a day to remember.”
The I Love College Back to School Dance Party, which took place Sept. 7 and featured DJ Toro from 92.3 NOW radio station, was another success with a better-than-expected turnout of about 1,075 students, according to Kothare.
“That dance party was the way for the SEC to show ‘Hey, we’re going be fun this year’– which started the snowball effect of attendance at the events, and so far it has been either really high or sold out,” Kothare said. “This is something we’re really proud of, and the whole intention of the dance party was to come out with a bang.”
Another recent event was ventriloquist John Pizzi, as seen on America’s Got Talent, who performed to an estimated 400 students, which the SEC still found to be a big success.
“The ventriloquist was very funny and completely catered to the students, which helped make for a fun night,” Kothare said.
Some of these major changes in the events and the way SEC is doing things is because of a retreat over the summer where the board met. Everyone contributed really big, extravagant ideas and were all on the same page, according to Kothare.
“The retreat really set the tone for how we were going to go into this year, and what we were going to plan,” Kothare said. “We’re going to be really creative, and think of different ideas that might not have been done before, and really communicate with the students more by using Facebook.”
Some upcoming events for students to look forward to are the Legends of Pride, which will feature Lady Gaga, Madonna and Elton John impersonators and the fall concert, with J.Cole and Miguel performing on Oct. 18.
Other potential events the SEC is thinking of planning are a possible zombie paintball day and a Medieval Times trip, but none of these events have officially been discussed.
Kothare explained the importance of having a close connection with the student body in order for the SEC to create events that cater to students’ preferences.
“We hope to bridge the gap between the SEC and students to make it an open communication,” she said. “It’s important that we serve them because we do things for the students and they should feel like they can communicate with us always.”