This year’s WAC formal had slightly under 100 in attendance. Though it almost doubled the attendance from the last formal, students and other observers are still pondering over whether the event should be deemed financially successful among other WAC expenses.
Vice President of WAC Lauren Dillon said she was very impressed by the committee’s efforts in the WAC formal. Dillon thinks that a big reason for a low attendance was because of the weekday that the formal had to be on due to other calendar priorities.
“Usually they spend a lot of money and only 50 people show up,” Dillon said regarding the WAC formal. ”This budget is about 3,000. This year they spent less then half of that and we got double the numbers. People say ‘Well you didn’t have a good turnout.’ But it had to be on a Thursday. If we had it on a weekend that would have helped.”
In addition to the WAC formal, the Sara Evans concert was another WAC event that doubled in attendance this year over the J. Cole concert last spring. Though the concert was one of Western’s biggest, WAC still spent more money on the artist then they actually received from the ticket sales, rather then breaking even.
“Unfortunately, when you try to break even you have to bring in a big artist,” Dillon said. “You can’t please everyone. You have to consider that there might not be a chance to break even. We are not looking to make money.”
Dillon explained that the goal of the concert is to provide Western with entertainment rather then provide revenue for the WAC budget. Yet WAC is always seeking improvement.
“We are always coming up with new ideas with marketing,” Dillon said. “It’s a constant learning experience.”
Student Life Director Isaiah Collier said that he is overall satisfied with WAC’s finances though he does see a huge area that should be tended to.
“One of the areas WAC can step it up a little bit is putting more funds into collaborating with organizations,” Collier said. “Organizations aren’t actually taking advantage of the funds to collaborate. The money is there.”
According to Collier, every semester WAC hears proposals that registered student organizations can present. WAC then decides if they want to co-sponsor and then determines how much funding they can give the organization in a co-sponsorship. There are currently around 100 student organizations on campus. Out of these organizations only three proposals were submitted.
Dillon explains that student organizations should know that money is there for them and wishes more organizations would come to WAC for funding, which could provide more events for students to do on campus.
“There’s no way after a couple years that people don’t know this money exists,” Dillon said. “I don’t know how they could say they don’t know about it. It’s on
OrgSync; we send out emails. We have the money, they just need to put in the proposal. Some weeks we could have an event everyday if they would come out and co-sponsor.”
Treasurer of Griffon Arts Alliance Joe Snapp feels that his organization is greatly utilizing WAC’s finances and appreciates the desire to help in funding.
“We used about half of the available WAC funding that they could give us,” Snapp said. “They allowed $5,000. We used about 2,000 for the student art show, live drawing events and Tula Pink (a fabric designer that came on campus to speak). I think it’s a good thing because without that funding we wouldn’t have been able to do that.”
Griffon Arts Alliance Publicity Officer Ali Dalsing agrees that not enough student organizations are using the available funding. However, she feels that where some organizations aren’t using, others are using all they can.
“I do think a lot of people don’t use it,” Dalsing said. “But that just leaves more for us. I know Pride Alliance used all their money on the drag show among other things. We submitted our proposal last semester and I know there weren’t 90 others.”