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Oktoberfest cancelled

October 11th, 2007

The Student Union Programming Board’s cast of annual events will be one less this year.

John Carroll University’s SUPB executive board and advisors agreed to cancel Oktoberfest, which would have taken place last Friday, October 5.

Canceling the event “wasn’t an inconvenience to many people and it wasn’t an event a lot of people looked forward to,” said sophomore, Carolyn Pici, annual events chair of SUPB.

The decision was made official about one week before the event. The board agreed that many organizations, including SUPB, had been tied up with Homecoming weekend and had not been able to prepare for the event.

Considering Oktoberfest would have taken place one week after Homecoming, many student organizations lacked time and resources for planning.

Instead of Oktoberfest, SUPB put the budget allocated for Oktoberfest toward the Cleveland Indians party, held on the same day as Oktoberfest was originally scheduled.

The party took place in Dolan Auditorium celebrating the Indians’ second playoff game against the New York Yankees. Food was provided.

Any money left over in the budget will be used for Casino Night, which will be hosted on October 20 during Parents’ Weekend.

According to Student Union records, Oktoberfest has been an annual event for SUPB for the last five years. In the past, Oktoberfest was held on the Keller Commons. “It was another opportunity to get all of the student organizations to work together,” said Pici.

Last year, Oktoberfest took place on October 7, and was held the same night as JCU’s only evening football game of the season.

Any student organization, as well as off-campus organizations, could participate and create a fundraiser for their group at Oktoberfest. Organizations sold food and held activities for students to take advantage of a small fee.

Last year’s Oktoberfest was a disappointment. “I think less than ten organizations participated…and about 50 people came to the event,” said junior Chrissy Cholewinski, SUPB’s past director of events.

The problem seemed to stem from a lack of student excitement and attendance for the event, not from getting organizations to commit. “It was a hit or miss event,” said Cholewinski.

It is unknown whether Oktoberfest will make a comeback next October. SUPB’s executive board will review the event next semester and determine if it is worth reviving.

So far this year, other SUPB events have been viewed as a success. “I feel like this semester many events have been well attended,” said Pici.

She attributes some of the success to the class of 2011’s enthusiastic participation and hopes the energy continues.