Basketball tailgates, movie nights, food festivals and Winter Wonderland are all events that have come to represent the University of San Diego community and bring students together. Without the efforts of the Torero Program Board (TPB) these events and many others put on during the academic year wouldn’t be possible.
TPB is responsible for coordinating a variety of programs and events at USD. The students associated with TPB are in charge of initiating, planning, developing and implementing programs on campus that respond to a variety of students’ needs. Events such as concerts, lectures, films, festivals, barbecues, and more help the USD community come together socially, educationally, recreationally and culturally in support of each other and to get involved.
The Torero Program Board has become an integral part of the USD way of life, yet it’s only been part of campus life as its namesake since 2010. Two years ago after a restructuring within the events coordinating organization of USD’s Associated Students, the change resulted in two parties dedicated to working for the students, one of which is TPB.
While it’s still growing, TPB is fast becoming known for bringing new events to the campus community’s attention, alongside raising student involvement at traditional events.
New events such as the “Love/Love, Hate/Hate” activity in which students can have their picture taken in a photo booth to show solidarity against hate crimes; enhanced weekly movie nights and special midnight movie premiere trips; and the recent Spring Fest. There have been numerous tailgate parties to support USD’s athletics teams and promote more school spirit and boost attendance. The new events add energy and excitement on campus in between more traditional events like Winter Wonderland, March of the Toreros and the Olé Music Festival.
The Olé Music Festival, the annual spring concert, is the TPB’s focus right now. The festival is happening this Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. In addition to the music, the festival will feature carnival games, free food and more prior to performances by Matisyahu and Outasight. New additions to this year’s festival are student art exhibits and performances by USD bands before the main show.
Marc Gonzales ‘14, TPB’s vice chair of operations, said the goal for the Olé Music Festival is to “make it more than just a concert and more of an experience.” Tickets for the music festival are still on sale. Those purchasing tickets this week can do so at the UC Box Office and the JCP box office. The TPB has also provided ticket buyers during dead hours with free lunch at the box office areas as a thank you for the students’ support.
It plays into the TPB’s objective, getting students more involved with what’s happening on campus. But another area that helps the TPB do its job better is having students submit feedback and suggest new events. Next year, for instance, the position of novelty coordinator has been added in hopes of bringing in new creative, unusual and fun activities.
While the 2011-12 event schedule is winding down, the 2012-13 Torero Program Board recently named its representatives for next year: Marc Gonzales, Chair; Hayley Perez, Vice Chair Special Events; Farrah Coltrain, Vice Chair of Operations; Emily Prest, Vice Chair Main Events; Delaney Kepple, Marketing Coordinator; Matt Sirianni, Off-Campus Tickets Coordinator; Avery Nickerson, Memberships and Logistics Coordinator; Lauren Miranda-Cacdec, Novelty Coordinator; Chelsea Casserly, Class Programmer; Alexandra Steinhaus, Multicultural and Arts Coordinator; Kathryn Zambon, Concerts Coordinator; Erin Martinek, Torero Spirit and Traditions Coordinator; and Kai Dugquem, After-Dark Coordinator.
The Torero Program Board wants to enhance USD students’ overall enjoyment. While they do present guest speakers from time to time — this year’s speakers included Herman Boone, Dick Gregory, and Wally Amos — the goal is always to bring the campus community closer together and see students get excited for events it presents.
Said Coltrain, who has served as TPB’s marketing chairperson this year: “The best part is seeing all of that hard work come to life.”
— Aryana Abraham ’14