Open House brings students in droves to BSC

By Justin Velasco

The Bronco Student Center opened its doors to new and returning
students at its open house, last Thursday, for the first time since
2005.

The open house featured live music, an event planning workshop,
a campus resource fair, a scavenger hunt and lunch specials as a
way to remind students that the “living room of campus” always has
something to offer them.

The event planning workshop and resource fair were intended to
show student organizations how they can best utilize the BSC and
how the departments such as Parking & Transportation Services
and Campus Catering can assist them with their event planning
needs.

The open house also had something to offer for students who just
use the BSC as a place to hang out.

The Afternoon Blend concert, which is held Thursdays during
U-hour, featured Mike Isberto of Fullerton, in keeping with its
tradition of showcasing local artists.

Brian Caldwell, a fourth-year computer information systems
student, and co-concert chair for ASI B.E.A.T. said, Isberto is not
a student at Cal Poly but came to their attention after sending an
e-mail to ASI B.E.A.T. Caldwell encouraged students to join
B.E.A.T. so they can be involved with deciding what kinds of acts
will play on campus.

Travis Young, a tenth-year finance student was enjoying the
concert and said he would like to see concerts on campus more
often. He was surprised to hear that ASI B.E.A.T. holds the U-Rock
and Afternoon Blend concerts every week.

In fact it seemed many students in the BSC that day were not
fully aware of the services it provides. The scavenger hunt was one
way ASI hoped to combat this lack of knowledge.

Students were given a map of the BSC and had to locate nine
different parts of the BSC such as: Bronco Copy and Mail, Campus
Recreation, the credit union, and GAS Creative group. Students then
were given a sticker from each location to complete the hunt.

Prizes included tickets to Disneyland, Medieval Times, and
Knott’s Scary Farm, Bronco Gift Cards, ASI gear and coupons for
billiards.

Gilbert Feliciano, a fourth-year electronics and computer
engineering technology student found all nine spots and said the
scavenger hunt was a good idea.

“It’s an interesting and creative way to get to know the BSC,”
he said.

However, Feliciano added that he hadn’t known that the scavenger
hunt was being held, despite posters and flyers about the open
house being placed around campus.

David Quezada, assistant director of facilities and operations
for ASI, acknowledged that they faced some difficulties in
spreading the word about the open house because of how early in the
school year it is held and said they had perhaps overcommitted
themselves for the day.

Despite these difficulties, Quezada said ASI will continue to
host open houses in the BSC.

“In terms of tradition, we want to make this an annual thing,”
he said.

Susan Ashe, administrator-in-charge for recreation, programs and
marketing, said she sees “lots of potential for next year.”

“I’m really excited about how it went,” she said.

Reach Justin Velasco at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

Open House brings students in droves to BSC

Josh Tatum/Poly Post

Open House brings students in droves to BSC

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