This archived article was written by: Stuart Lake
There is a problem on the campus of the College of Eastern Utah. This problem has to do with the support of one organization to another. CEU should look at itself as one big family with each club or organization being a member of the family. If this is the case, CEU is one of the most dysfunctional families out there.
In this big CEU family there is one club that is not getting much support from other organizations. This is the radio club. The college does have a radio station. It is found on your radio at 107.9 FM, and is known as “The Edge.”
The radio station started in Fall 2002, and has been doing the best they can with donated equipment. DJs are trying to play music that appeals more to a college student, and fight the country influence that is on 90% of the FM radio stations in Price.
The lack of support the radio stations is experiencing comes from many places, including ASCEU. The radio station limited ways to raise money for new equipmentand up-to-date music, One of the services they offer is a DJ service, charging only $150 for any given event. All of this money goes back into getting the newest music, and buying better equipment to improve the radio station.
The DJ’s who play the music are not paid anything; they are playing the music to get experiences in running the equipment, and because they are members of the club.
ASCEU has a habit of hiring a DJ that charges $250 for each dance, this DJ does not have anything better than the radio club, both DJ’s have the same music, and the same equipment, but ASCEU pays more sending money out of the college for this other DJ.
It seems like common sense to most that any organization would pay $100 less for a DJ to begin with, but then to have ASCEU, the leaders of the college, not support one of the colleges clubs is just ridiculous.
ASCEU sends money off this campus that could be used to better something on this campus, and that is just plain dumb. Not to mention that if they are not spending $100 more on the DJ they can put it towards the activity to make it better in other ways.
ASCEU is not the only organization that has faild to support the radio station. The campus bookstore has also shown a temporary lack of support to the station. At one time they chose not play the radio station in their bookstore.
Installing speakers on campus was a long, and hard process for the radio club because they had to run a line to the bookstore so The Edge could be played. When contractors severed the line, the bookstore chose not to have the radio club repair and reconnect the signal. It seems like a fact that if the college has a radio station, and there are places on the college that play music, that place should support the other group.
Good news is, the bookstore has agreed to play The Edge again in the store.
There is not much support and help from one group or organization to another here at CEU. The radio station has offered free announcements to any school club activities in an effort to build a bridge of support to other groups, but the response has been little if any.
The Edge seeks to be a service to the college and the students, but that can only happen if the rest of the campus wants that service and is willing to support it.
This article has discussed one case, but there are many others. The Eagle will be glad to publish letters written to the editor by other clubs or organizations that are experiencing a similar lack of support.