Recent frigid temperatures may have left some John Carroll University students dull and spiritless, but they have not affected Maura Jochum, the graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities who coordinates the “Late Night at Carroll” events.
The “Late Night” events are made possible through the Late Night Programming Grant. Student groups and University departments can apply for the grant and must follow certain guidelines.
The events must be scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 10 p.m. or later and going until 1 a.m. or later. The grants are limited to $500 and student groups take priority. Other than a $10 deposit, which you get back after the program, the events are funded by the Student Activity Fee events ranging from a relaxed Pinterest night on campus to a trip to the historic Little Italy for a food tour. The word “boring” does not exist in Jochum’s vocabulary.
“When planning an event, I look at what has been successful in the past,” said Jochum. “I am from around the area, so I know different places that students can go and experience unfamiliar things. I enjoy playing off of Cleveland and using the resources it has to offer.”
More than anything, Jochum wishes to provide the students on campus with a wide range of new opportunities.
“When I am planning activities, my main goal is to provide students with alternative programs,” said Jochum. “I want them to be able to do something late at night with their friends and give them the chance to experience areas of Cleveland they might not get the chance to experience otherwise.”
“I like Late Night Programming because it provides an alternative for us students that don’t want to go out,” said junior Bethany Kregiel. “The programs are really fun too. The events hosted by Late Night Programming are usually things I would do for fun anyway. My personal favorite was when the mentalist Joshua Seth came to campus and blew my mind.”
“I loved the Christmas program put on by Late Night,” said freshman Shannon Poppe. “The crafts provided were simple and fun. I got to socialize with my friends and I got to meet new people. The breakfast food they provided topped the whole thing off.”
The success of the programs continues to grow from last year, with events filling up faster and attendance rising.
“We want to encourage students to expand their horizon,” said Jochum. “We want to expose them to new things, which is what college is about, learning inside and outside of the classroom.”
One way for students to expand their horizons is to take a trip back in time at the 1950s-themed Late Night at Carroll event called “A Night at Lobo’s Diner” on Feb. 14 at 10 p.m. in the O’Connell Reading Room and Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The O’Connell Reading Room will be transformed into a diner equipped with burgers, fries, milkshakes, booths, signs and a ‘50s cover band.