Wednesday, February 13, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 92



SPB helps students plan group events

By Greg Jones
Daily Cougar Staff

In an effort to increase student participation and awareness, the Student Program Board has revamped its structure, adding four new committees that should make it easier for people to become involved.

"There has never been a reconstruction of this magnitude," said Latasha Wilson, activities adviser for SPB. "With the increase of committees, it has given students a broader choice in what programs they can bring to campus. The committees are more specific as to what each particular function is and what jobs are available."

SPB is a student-run organization that helps other groups plan campus activities by performing a variety of tasks such as co-sponsoring events, contacting performers, helping organizations with contracts or contacting the Department of Parking and Transportation for temporary parking permits.

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Student Program Board members help plan coming UH events in the UC Underground, Room 59. SPB is revamping its structure to help increase student participation.

Members say they hope to bring more events to campus that would interest the whole student body.

Aside from the new committees recruitment/retention, novelty/comedy, commuter connections and Spring Fling the cinema committee has been changed to the "sneak preview committee." SPB routinely brings major movie releases to campus, before they arrive in theaters.

But the number of committees, which will total 14, isn't the only thing that's changing.

"We are changing our ... procedures, and policies," said Chelsea McElroy, executive director of SPB. "There will be no longer an executive director, director of public relations or a director of finance. There will be a president and a vice-president. We are also changing what positions get paid."

When students join a committee, it gives them a direct influence on how and when an event comes to campus. With added student involvement, SPB hopes to plan new campus activities such as field trips.

"We have now decided to start planning our own big events instead of only sponsoring other people's events," McElroy said. "SPB will no longer be just a funding source for organizations, but we will continue to help individuals and groups plan for events by contacting or help them pay for performers."

The new changes will also work toward eliminating organizations from coming to SPB just to ask for funding for an event.

SPB will have an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the UC Underground, Room 59, for students and organizations to learn more about the major changes that have taken place and the opportunities that are available, such as paying jobs. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on SPB and the open house, call (713) 743-5210 or visit its office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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