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I’m going to preface this post by saying that I love THON. THON is the best part of this University and that says a lot because this University is pretty freakin’ awesome. My name even rhymes with THON, that’s how much I like it. That being said, there are some serious issues that the overalls for THON desperately need to work out before next year’s event. Here are some of the changes that I’ll make when I’m inevitably king of the world (and therefore de-facto THON overall):
1. Reduce the number of Rules & Regs committee members by 50% – I was tempted to completely remove everyone from this committee because it seems like every interaction I had with this committee was horrible. Just overly rude and very stick-up-ass-y. I know that a vast majority of R&R members are pleasant people, but I also know I’m not the only one that had some serious issues with this committee this weekend (See: Onward State). But anyway, I just think the committee is bloated. There’s no need to have all of these people around. Check out this picture:
That is 84 R&R committee members creating a double-line of people during one of the floor mops. 84. When you have a serious capacity issue to the point where dancers’ parents who showed up at 4:30 AM to support their sons/daughters can’t even get in the building, you need to reduce headcount wherever you can. I get the need for R&R committee members, but there’s just way too many of them. They aren’t controlling an angry mob and need to keep people back. It’s THON. Have 10 people holding a rope instead of 84. And also hopefully by reducing the number, you can weed out the ones who are, for lack of a better word, assholes.
2. Allow dancers to have 1-2 permanent passes for their friends/family to be on the floor at all times - This makes too much sense. Allow dancers to have 1-2 people that they pick before THON (presumably their parents) and give them a 46 hour pass. These people would be accounted for the same way that the families are so they wouldn’t be shut out of the building if it’s at capacity. The looks on dancers’ faces yesterday when they all found out their parents weren’t going to be able to even get into the building was horrible. That should never happen. Dancing has become a staple event for students’ entire Penn State experience and it’s a shame for parents to drive all the way to State College and then not get into the building. Take away some floor passes from the orgs if you need to, but the weekend is ultimately about the dancers (behind the kids, obviously).
3. Charge $5 for students, $7 for non-students to attend the pep rally Saturday night – Simple supply and demand. There’s a limited supply of seats and a pretty much endless demand for them because it’s free. Easy solution from a business major: charge money to attend the pep rally Saturday night. The building will still be at capacity. I guarantee it. Starting 2 hours before the pep rally, start charging admission. All proceeds go directly to THON. Boom. There’s an extra $25,000 to the total.
4. Anyone who charges more than $1.50 for water needs to donate their profits off of water to THON - This never ceases to make me angry every year. I get that businesses need to make money, but can’t we settle down a little bit on it for THON weekend? During the hours where the building is at capacity, people in the BJC can’t leave. They’re essentially locked inside. And the only option for water is to either wait at the water fountain for about 30 minutes or pay $3.50 for a bottle of water? Come on, Subway. You’re better than that. (I also heard a rumor that they donate their proceeds from the weekend to THON. If that’s true, advertise that so that I don’t get unnecessarily upset every year. TSP will be more than willing to help you advertise.)
These were just a few of the ideas I had. I have countless. Vote for me, Bronny, for THON Overall 2014.
PS – Yes, THONnies, I understand that there isn’t an election for Overall. Relax.
PPS – That picture at the top wins the weekend. Absolutely awesome.