Opinion: Springfest could be more age appropriate

By Morgayne Mulkern

Comment Staff

It is hard to convince people that Springfest at Bridgewater State University is actually fun.

While giving tours to potentially incoming students, Bridgewater State student Victoria Lemieux used to get asked what music artists the campus hosts. She had to explain that the university usually only brings in comedians.

I have been to two different Springfest main events at Western New England University and while they are a much smaller school with a student body of only 2500, they still manage to bring famous artists to campus such as Vanessa Carlton, the Goo Goo Dolls, Cobra Starship, and Carmen. The concerts there are incredibly fun and the students even can win a chance to meet the artists. This makes Springfest an event not only attractive to the students of that university, but exciting enough for them to bring friends from outside the school.

At Bridgewater State my experience has been much different. Last spring I saw Dave Coulier (also known as Uncle Joey from Full House) and he was absolutely terrible. He cracked lame jokes and many students could barely force a laugh. Most of them were making fun of him.

This year the comedian is Jay Pharoah, who many of my friends have never heard of. I don’t understand why we are paying some no name comedian when other, small schools are bringing in iconic artists.

Students Laura Blushi and Victoria Atkinson pose with Bridgewater State University mascot, Bristaco, at the Springfest Carnival. Laura Blushi Photo.
Students Laura Blushi and Victoria Atkinson pose with Bridgewater State University mascot, Bristaco, at the Springfest Carnival. Laura Blushi Photo.

Even the carnival was fun, but disappointing. The rides were the tea cups, swings, and a dome-like ride that moved at the pace of a merry-go-round. There was fried dough and cotton candy, and the whole thing took about a half hour before I was bored.

On top of that, there was a moon bounce, which reminded me of field days back in elementary school. People were bringing their children from the surrounding area, and I couldn’t help but think how the event was much better suited for a child than a college student.

The whole thing was really lame. I would never bring a friend from outside my college to see our Springfest. It’s true Springfest is a nice privilege and not a right, but it would be nice if it could be geared more toward college students than elementary school children.

Morgayne Mulkern is a Comment staff writer. Email her at mmulkern@student.bridgew.edu.

3 thoughts on “Opinion: Springfest could be more age appropriate

  1. Jay Pharaoh is not a “no name comedian.” He’s a regular on Saturday Night Live. Search Youtube for his Denzel Washington or Will Smith impressions, they’re great.

    Although, I DO agree BSU should invest in bringing some concerts to Springfest.

  2. Actually, they used to have big name groups for concerts. I’m pretty sure some stupid students ruined that causing problems etc!!

  3. If you have comments or opinions about Springfest, feel free to come to Program Council’s meetings on Tuesdays at 5pm in the RCC Council Chambers! We’d love to hear from students about what they would like to see!

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