There is rarely a shortage of things to do in the evenings and on weekends at Boston College. Students organize events from movie nights to lectures, Lunar New Year celebrations to bowling. And the University offers a rich array of opportunities to see, listen to, and enjoy performances on campus and close by.
The recently formed Campus Activities Board (CAB), which is run by students with oversight from the University’s Division of Student Affairs, coordinates the planning and scheduling of campus-wide events such as concerts, homecoming dances, trivia nights, a pub series, and swing dance lessons. It also organizes off-campus excursions to places such as the Boston comedy club Improv Asylum; New England Aquarium; Salem, Massachusetts, at Halloween; and New York City’s Theater District twice each year.
In the past, independent planning by different organizations and clubs has created scheduling conflicts on campus. “We needed a more coordinated effort,” said Gustavo Burkett, director of the Office of Student Involvement and supervisor for CAB. The board works with campus organizations such as the Arts Council and the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) to plan complementary programming and make sure that events run smoothly, with no double booking.
Programming ideas come from the students, says Burkett, and the CAB fits them into what already looks like a packed schedule for the spring semester. So far, he says, CAB-organized events have been well attended. “We’ve seen a tremendous response from the community.”
And some events are wildly popular: a fall trip to New York to see Wicked on Broadway sold out at the Robsham Theater Arts Center online box office in one minute, says Christine Cocce ’16, CAB’s director of trips and excursions. “We left BC around 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning, giving everyone plenty of time to shop, eat, and explore New York City on a beautiful day before ending with the Broadway performance,” said Cocce. “It was nice to do something so unique and create memories with friends that will last a lifetime!”
Students interested in an April theater excursion to New York City should keep an eye on CAB’s roster of activities, which can be viewed here with their BC login credentials.