We’d like to start off this letter by congratulating the BSG on its inheritance of this year’s Spring Concert. We wish you the best of luck in running it. What matters most is putting on a fun concert, and we’re sure you are all capable of delivering something memorable.
We’d like to use the rest of this letter, however, to talk about the Entertainment Board (E-Board) itself. We’ve become increasingly aware of the fact that very few people know much about the E-Board. As an introduction, the E-Board is a student-run panel that currently consists of 10 students, representing all four class years at Bowdoin. Traditionally, our role on campus is to organize Bowdoin’s Fall and Spring Concerts, doing everything from voting on artists to physically setting up the stages.
So, what’s the point of this letter? We’d like to make one simple request: when we send out applications in a few months, apply. The E-Board is not meant to be some shadowy, exclusive club. The core value at the heart of the E-Board is student involvement and inclusion, and that can only happen if people join. When we set up a booth at the fall activities fair, we received exactly one full application as a result. That applicant is now our newest member. The lesson here is that if you want to make an impact and enact the change you want to see in our community’s music culture, all you have to do is apply. Being on the E-Board is one of the most direct and powerful opportunities a student can have to organize an event that affects Bowdoin’s community in its entirety.
The E-Board has been responsible for some memorable performances at Bowdoin in the past: DRAM, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe, Waka Flocka Flame, Logic, and more recently, Cochise and IDK. We need your help to continue this tradition. This is a unique opportunity for students to make a real impact and leave a legacy. By bringing live music to the school, the E-Board helps create a culture of unity and inclusiveness, breaking down barriers and connecting students from all walks of life. Being a part of the E-Board gives students the chance to interact with artists, learn about the music industry and get a behind-the-scenes look at the events we put together.
To conclude, we’ll repeat ourselves: when our applications come out in a few months, apply. It’s one thing to talk with friends and share your ideas on how to change the Bowdoin community, but it takes joining the E-Board to make those changes become reality. We’d love to have you join us.
Kelvin Welbeck is a member of the Class of 2024 and Alex Tesson is a member of the Class of 2023.