Only two student organizations, the Japanese Society and Carroll Cinema Society, have utilized Late Night Programming grants through the Division of Student Affairs this semester and turnout has been low.
Late Night Programming grants funded a number of events last year when the program was established.
Director of Student Activities Lisa Ramsey heads the program.
Ramsey said, “I don’t know if it is because we are not advertising it well enough, or if organizations are not as interested this semester.”
The idea behind the program was to provide students an opportunity to coordinate events they find interesting and wish to establish on campus.
Late Night Programming is allocated $55,000 from the Student Activity Fee, reduced from its $60,000 budget last year.
The program has a large amount of unused funds thus far. Registered and recognized student organizations or academic departments are able to apply for grants of $500 each to be used on a proposed event.
The grant applications are reviewed by a board headed by Ramsey. If the board feels it will be a successful program, Late Night Programming will sponsor it.
According to Ramsey, the criteria which all events must meet are that they be held on either Friday or Saturday night from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., and that they are social events open to the entire campus community.
Sophomore Elizabeth Sangdahl thinks that the time requirement for the Late Night Programming may be a reason the funds are not being used.
Sangdahl said, “I think it’s a great program and offers clubs a good opportunity to publicize and get students involved. However, the required time for the events is inconvenient for the average student.”