SCOPE returns, nine members reinstated
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 02:02
As of the first week of this semester, the Student Committee on Popular Entertainment has been officially reinstated as a student organization. Following an incident of stolen property in April 2012, SCOPE is now back and hoping to be better than ever.
After last spring’s incident, the organization was suspended and everyone in the group lost their membership. SCOPE now has nine members who were allowed back in, and they are currently under the supervision of an advisory board, which is made up of five university faculty members and students. Sophomore Bethany Bucciarelli, the acting executive director of SCOPE, said it is an adjustment to be under their watchful eye.
“It’s hard to go from being so independent,” she said.
The nine members who regained their memberships were all underclassmen. According to Bucciarelli, no juniors or seniors were allowed back into the organization, as the board felt that the older members should take more responsibility for the group’s actions.
The advisory board, which is permanent, is helping SCOPE to focus on the sanctions, which have been imposed by the Office of Conduct and Mediation. These sanctions include completing certain tasks, such as updating its constitution and doing workshops.
The board is going to be brought under review by the Student Senate on Sunday, however, because of a reported conflict of interest with one of its members. Coordinator of Leadership and Student Organization Services Nate Hastings, who had been a complainant against SCOPE, is on the board. The resolution, which is being brought forth by Andrew Guilliams, also said that the advisory board’s actions to remove all members “who should have known about the theft in April 2012” was too broad of a ruling. The Student Senate will vote on a resolution to have the board restructured without any conflict of interest and to have the board review the removal of all former members of SCOPE.
For now, though, the meetings between SCOPE and the board will go on. Kevin Charles, the assistant vice president of student and academic services, said that the meetings between SCOPE and the advisory board are to help make the organization successful again.
“Discussions are about the functioning of the organization and how to address the sanctions, as well as whatever else the SCOPE members and the advisory board jointly determine to be helpful as they progress,” Charles said.
With SCOPE being known for bringing big concerts to campus each semester, it’s important to its members to make this progress as soon as possible, they said.
“People want concerts, and we’re going to give them that,” Bucciarelli said. So far, SCOPE has not been a part of this semester’s planning for concerts. That’s not to say there won’t be one, though.
Student Activity Fee Committee Chair Bryan Merrill and SAFC Chief Financial Officer Justin Ykema are currently using SCOPE’s budget to bring a show to UNH.
“Currently, we have multiple offers extended and are simply waiting to hear back,” Merrill said. Although Bucciarelli wishes that she and the other SCOPE members could help, she said, she has faith that the students will not be let down.
“I’m under the impression that it’ll be a big name,” she said.
Jackie Mccarrick, the former executive director of SCOPE, said she is hoping that Merrill and Ykema will pull through and be able to book a show. She said she doesn’t want students to be let down, especially considering that they have all paid a student activities fee, which goes toward concerts and events.
“It’s not fair to the students who’ve already paid for this,” Mccarrick said.
SCOPE will be fully running again by fall, and members said they hope to start planning the show for that semester as soon as possible.
“In fall, we’ll definitely kick it off with a bang,” Bucciarelli said.
Charles said he is optimistic that the organization will be doing well by then.
“I am very hopeful and would like to think it will be up to full speed as a vibrant student organization by the next academic year as outlined in the sanctions,” he said.
Bucciarelli and Mccarrick, as well as students who are hoping for campus entertainment, said they are also hopeful for the successful return of the popular organization.
“We’re focusing on reestablishing ourselves, growing and becoming a bigger and better SCOPE,” Bucciarelli said.