The Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) is the largest student-run programming board at UConn and has been on campus for 65 years. They emphasize that “Everything we do is for students by students.” The fact that all operations are solely run by students is extremely impressive considering they have managed to bring performers such as Khalid, Lil Yachty and A$AP Ferg to perform at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. There have also been a wide array of comedians and speakers throughout the years, like Bob Saget and John Mulaney. Aside from organizing performances, they also plan events such as Halloweekend, Homecoming, Winter Weekend and the Food Truck Festival.
In 2018, I sat front row at a free event where Angela from “The Office” spoke about the show and her own life which was a great experience. She even answered questions from audience members one on one after the show.
All of SUBOG’s events are either free or affordable. About 80% of events are free of charge for students. Only 15% of events cost over $20, which is reasonable considering all the noteworthy performances they have pulled off over the years. I also was lucky enough to attend the A$AP Ferg concert in 2019. Floor seats directly in front of the stage were just $40 and balcony seats were $20, which is unheard of at any other venue.
If you are interested in joining SUBOG, you can get more information on their website regarding the application process. They have committees for comedy, concert, digital entertainment and films, major weekends, outreach, special events and sports, so there really is something for everyone.
I spoke to the SUBOG Outreach Chairs to learn more about what they have planned for the upcoming semester. Their main focus this semester is to begin holding in-person events that previously had to be cancelled or held online. The Outreach Chairs, Roshni Mehta and Fabrizzio Cedeño, explained that they plan to host events such as “Comedy Jam and Block Party, Homecoming… Apple Picking, Mason Jar Sundae, Halloweekend, Fall Comedy Show, a trip to go see the NY Jets and everyone’s favorite Stuff-A-Husky.” They will host some of these events during the fall semester, but have not yet put together the calendar for spring semester.
Another exciting event that is coming back is the UCONNIC Music Festival. Due to the pandemic, they have not been able to hold this event since 2019, so it is a big deal that we will get to experience it this year. UCONNIC seeks to incorporate components of music, dance, art, fashion and more. In 2019, about 4,000 students attended the festival, which featured performances by Khalid, PNB Rock and GrooveBoston, among many other vendors and activities. Keep a lookout for these upcoming events on their website!
“We’re extremely excited for what’s to come because this past year was very challenging for all of us,” the Outreach Chairs explained. “We want to able to celebrate the fact that we are back.”