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Why Don’t Students Attend Campus Events?

By Nia Hardwick

With LIU Brooklyn’s prime location, one would think its campus is flourishing with events that keep students engaged and involved. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The campus’s student involvement is devastatingly low.

Homecoming week wasn’t too long ago and the turnout for its events were lousy in comparison to previous years. Some students had no clue that there were events going on or that it was even homecoming week. Homecoming week at most schools is highly anticipated. Why is LIU Brooklyn proving to be different? One of the first reasons encountered is the fact that LIU Brooklyn is a commuter based school. There are over 10,000 students enrolled here, but only a little under 700 dorm. Many students who attend the university live in other parts of Brooklyn, its surrounding boroughs, Long Island or New Jersey.

Students who live off campus may not be as compelled to attend campus events. Living off campus and going to campus events would require that the student would either have to plan ahead to stay on campus all day, lug their books to the events with them or go home to drop off their school belongings and then return. It may also mean that they have to endure a late commute to get home.

Although the dorming population is small, if the most of 600 something students attend events there would be a great turnout with just that. So we’re back at our original question: why are students not attending events?

Seawanhaka explored campus to take a deeper look into what the issue could be.

Many students responded that they do not attend events because they have no idea that events are going on.

There are always flyers promoting events on the various bulletin boards all over campus. Word of mouth from student involvement also helps spread the word of campus events.

However, if students actually intended on going to campus events, it’s not hard to find which event is where and at what time. We are now in the age of social media, everyone finds out about events on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook. The clubs and organizations hosting events know this and make an effort to publicize their events on social networks as well.

Denzel Noriega and Branda Lim from LIU Radio, both commuter students, suggested that food is great incentive to get people to come out. They also explained that many students have night classes. If students have class at 6 pm and an event begins shortly after it can be difficult to remember that there is something going on when they leave class.

Student promotion is a big part of the problem, but another response was that the knowledge of low turnouts to events makes it hard for people to want to get involved

There are many things the school can do to possibly change the student involvement on campus. However, this issue is like a revolving door. Students don’t go to the events because of a mixture of poor promotion and the known fact that campus events usually have a poor turnout. Because students know that people will not show up, they don’t go.

One incentive they can all practice is to make sure LIU Brooklyn students want to be connected to all social media pages for the school. The clubs can also collaborate and assist each other in cross-promotion. This will spread the word of the event and make it known to a larger variety of students.

Category: Arts | Entertainment