Back To School Events Dwindle

Aaron Prichett performs at 2015's Crash the Courtyard. (Joe Kruger/The Quill) 

As classes resume after a long summer break, students look forward to the onslaught of events which mark the beginning of a new year. In the past this has included several events such as the Crash The Courtyard (CTC) (formerly known as Rock The Block/RTB), the Disorientation Social, and the Battle on the Border. This year will see a revised schedule, however, as both Battle on the Border and Crash The Courtyard will not be making reappearances for the 2017 autumn season.

“The main reason for not holding CTC was the lack of available talent within our price range.” said returning BUSU President Nick Brown. Brown went on to mention that the council’s options for live acts within their budget would not be relevant to the student body, and would not fit within the previously established RTB/CTC experience.

The council had previously gone outside of their allotted budget in the fall of 2014 when planning what would be the last Rock The Block. This ultimately resulted in BUSU garnering a $44,000 loss on the event; a loss which then hindered their further activities for the year.

In lieu of attending the live music event, students may instead attend BUSU’s Glow Up social. For returning students, this will be BUSU’s Disorientation Social this year, which is being held at the Park Community Centre. Previously this social was held on campus in SUDS, however as the on-campus pub has been closed since the end of the 2016/17 regular term the event was forced to relocate. The Glow Up social is slated to take place on Friday, September 15, with BU alumni Rhoni Mohanraj (DJ Rhoni) set to provide the evening's entertainment. For more information students can contact BUSU.

It is not currently known why the Battle on the Border event has not been offered this year. In past years this event has seen students bussed to the Peace Gardens where dodgeball games were played against the students of Minot State University.