From the editor's desk
I was joking around with some of the Courier’s staff and contributors last Tuesday at our story meeting after the topic of our Best of Capilano Readers Choice Awards Night had come up. “I’m pretty worried about this event, you guys. I hope we still know how to throw a party!”
What I really meant to say was, “The last time we hosted an event on campus, the place was less bumpin’ than a Donald Trump inauguration. Please come.”
There doesn’t seem to be much staying power at Capilano University when it comes to school spirit.
Things start off strong during Frosh Week and go steadily downhill from there. By the time everyone has made it to Reading Break, the idea of spending any more time on campus than they have to is met with about the same level of excitement as a colonoscopy.
Our editors often like to rag on the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) for their “unusual” choices in event planning; but they, like us, are experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. Do people like masks? Do they like getting drunk on yachts? Only time will tell.
In any case, I must give the CSU my utmost respect for trying new ideas, and for keeping the faith whether 10 people or 1,000 people show up. At this point, I’d say that even parties conducted for research purposes are money well spent, so long as it means developing a better understanding of student participation at CapU.
Others would disagree. To some, a campus community simply doesn’t matter – it’s a waste of time, a futile effort.
Here at the Courier, we’ve been conducting our own experiments to better engage our readership. Our weekly Coffee with the Courier tent gained us a higher number of contributors and social media followers in the first semester than we had ever seen before.
An interactive colouring book issue published last December saw every copy we printed get scooped up in a matter of weeks. Last month’s Readers Choice Awards offered a telling glimpse into demographics, trends and student interests.
However, for all of these hits there have been misses as well. A workshop we facilitated back in 2015 told us that even free pizza isn’t enough to convince students to attend a presentation on newspaper writing. (I think four people showed up…) We even paid extra for some Panago dips, which I thought might at least bolster those numbers by two or three more. Nope.
Believe it or not, free food isn’t nearly as effective as you might imagine – unless, of course, you’re trying to become a literal magnet for MOPA students. (No offense, MOPA students.) “There’s always a catch,” people think. “They’re going to try and teach me something or sign me up for a mailing list.”
Sometimes we are, but often we just want to hang out or give back.
That’s why we’ve decided to try our hand at event planning once again, creating something we hope will appeal to staff and students alike. Join us this Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8:30 pm in the CSU Library Lounge. There will be snacks, refreshments, live music, a photo booth, award presentations and hopefully a few people as well. It certainly wouldn’t be the same without you!
If you’re unable to attend the all-ages event on campus then be sure to link up with the licensed version downtown at the Portside Pub, beginning at 9:30 pm. We’ll be handing out drink tickets after the awards ceremony and making our best efforts to fill the tables with appetizers. Forget about cover, too. If you’ve ever wanted to meet a Capilano Courier editor face to face – or even punch one in the face – then this is the perfect place to do it. (Just kidding, we’re all pretty delicate.)
To be honest, I really don’t know what’s going to happen on Feb. 2. We’re so used to previewing and recapping the events hosted by others that it’s an odd feeling to be in the hot-seat promoting one ourselves. And while I certainly can’t convince you to go, I think that you should.
You’ve already conquered the first hurdle of student apathy, which everyone knows is reading the campus newspaper. For the effort it takes to stay on campus a little longer this Thursday, clap your hands a few times and raise a spring roll the distance between a plate and your face, I want you to know that I believe in you. We all believe in you.
See you at the party! …Right…?
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Arts and Culture Editor