Orientation week has come and gone, and only time will tell if it leaves anything besides hangovers in its wake. In the coming weeks, BUSU will tabulate O-week’s expenses, and will know whether or not the week’s events turned a profit.
Events for the week included performances by artists such as Kardinal Offishall and Staggered Crossing, as well as a Hawaiian luau at Isaac’s, a wine and cheese party, and a free screening of Road Trip. While many were well-attended, the question remains whether or not the week was a smart investment for the students’ union.
“An event like [O-week] is very difficult to both plan for and execute … on the whole, considering all the planning and time that went into the event, we were very happy with the results,” said Leigh-Anne Purvis, Brock University Students Union (BUSU) vice-president student services.
Garrett Rocca, BUSU vice-president finance and administration, was also pleased with how things turned out.
“The only problem, [with O-week] was that buses were dropping students off closer to the day-care, which meant that they were going straight to registration and then back to the buses, completely missing the horseshoe [of O-week tables].”
Last year BUSU lost money on O-week, but Rocca is optimistic that this year they will “at least break even.”
One of the most popular events this year was the trapeze, which was set up in front of Schmon tower. Rocca estimated that hundreds of students tried it out. Purvis pointed out that this year was a learning experience, and that in coming years more students may try it out.
“We didn’t know how to market it,” she said. “We realized we needed to go through the residences and bring groups out … people with their friends and who are dressed for the occasion … are more inclined to try it out. We learned that by the second day.”
Another popular event during O-week was the performance of Kardinal Offishall, who played Isaac’s on Saturday, Sept. 8.
“We got [Kardinal] at a good point a couple of months ago, before his popularity started increasing … $5 a ticket is an unheard of price now … you won’t be able to see him that cheap again,” said Rocca.
Rocca also said that on the Thursday, Sept . 6 Isaac’s sales were the highest ever.