Main Campus Program Board dance parties usually enjoy great attendance.
However, on Friday, Nov. 15, MCPB’s party at McGonigle Hall suffered a poor showing due to competing Temple events.
Advanced tickets were sold for this party as an incentive for Temple students to get tickets without waiting in a long line.
This has always been a problem at parties held in McGonigle Hall.
Due to early shutdowns by security and sold out tickets within a few hours, MCPB recommended this idea so students could avoid standing outside for a party that might sell out early.
The problem may not have been with the advanced tickets, but the offerings of other organizations that were also having a party–parties that permitted alcohol and were free to women.
This alone was enough to make students choose one of these parties over MCPB’s.
“It’s almost impossible to compete with lower prices and alcohol, especially when the groups offering these things are on campus. It was just unfortunate that there were three parties on Friday and nothing going on Saturday night,” said Tim Bennett, co-chair of marketing and promotions for MCPB.
The price was also a concern for Temple students.
At McGonigle, the cost was $10 for Temple students and $15 for all others.
Thus, many students opted for the cheaper party.
There were even students who purchased advanced tickets and left the McGonigle party to one located at the Atrium.
But they were disappointed to find a massive amount of people waiting in front of the Atrium, who were unable to get in.
It was rumored that the party was shut down due to over crowding and unruly behavior.
So where did all these party-less people head in the end?
With Temple student DJ Omega, celebrity guest DJ Envy, and free giveaways from Déjà vu, this was a fun party.
DJ Envy played various types of music to appease any type of crowd, and the giveaways were generous.
Those who danced the night away admitted to having a blast.
“I had a good time at the party, it would have been better if people didn’t come in and out but stayed on the dance floor. It might have even been almost full if that would have happened,” said senior Jami Rhodes.
Because the gym was not filled-up, students didn’t have to worry about pushy crowds and rowdy behavior, which are typically problems that parties have.
Although MCPB does a wide range of successful programming for the University, some students did not feel this was one of the best.
“I’ve been to a lot of [MCPB’s] events and they are usually very good. Even though I was a little disappointed with this one, I still plan on going to some of their events in the future,” said junior Joseph Markel.
Some of their upcoming events are a rock concert featuring Engine Down, Mock Orange, Ted Leo and Breaking Pangaea, on Nov. 23 and Temple Soul on Dec. 3.
Both events are at the Owl Cove and begin at 7 p.m. MCPB will also soon be hosting another party for student appreciation.
Tiffani Joseph can be reached at Tilejo@aol.com