So, here's my question for Friday's debate - and it goes to all the candidates.
Sadly, no one was more excited than I was that UMASS Dartmouth would be hosting a debate. Subsequently, though, the administration has cancelled the last show of a production that people have worked on for literally months. Meanwhile, the administration had other options (such as the gymnasium that's hosted concerts, comedians and lots of other important events) that could have hosted a debate. Furthermore, the administration has severely limited seating available to students - a problem that would have been alleviated had the forum been in the gym. How outrageous is that? Students essentially aren't invited to the debate, the administration stamps its feet on a student show people poured their hearts into... and they're not even nice about it.
As a member of the UMASS Dartmouth Theatre Company, I know exactly what it takes to put on a quality show. There's months of rehearsals, hours of memorizing
lines and learning music. You work a second unpaid full-time job (in addition to being a student) - and all for four shows in November or December. My rehearsals for "Urinetown" went from 6-10pm Sunday to Thursday and Saturdays from 10am-3pm - and that was just the beginning.
Knowing that, how do you all feel that the last performance of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was cancelled by the administration at the last minute for this debate? Would you have agreed to this debate at UMASS if you had known that - or did you know that?
No one loves political races more than I do, but I'm sorry: the people who spent months working on this show didn't deserve this treatment. It's a smack in the face to them, especially when there were other options available. People have to book the auditorium months in advance for these shows - but the administration will cancel a student group on a moment's notice.
Where's the respect?
It's a metaphor for everything that's going wrong at UMASS Dartmouth - a fact I probably won't be so quiet about from now on.