As some of you may know, I wrote an article late last year talking (complaining) about CMC’s lack of music spaces. The basic gist was that CMC needed to do more for musicians. With hundreds of millions going into athletics and academics, it’s downright criminal to almost completely ignore the arts. We have as many artists (musical or otherwise) as athletes, so why does only one group get catered to?
So where are we now? Although no official response was made, buried in one of the back to school emails was the announcement of a space that had been cleared for musical use in the basement of Marks Hall. The space is, however, not ready yet and completely devoid of equipment, right now housing the unused bed pieces from the dorm. While that is projected to change within the next few weeks, the current situation is not ideal. Just last week, I spent a good half hour lugging a hundred pounds of equipment back and forth between dorm lounges in order to play with a friend. When we finally found an unused space, we had about twenty minutes before a study group sat down and asked us to leave. While I’m not trying to complain about the current state of the room (I understand it takes time to prepare a space and address noise concerns) I believe that it does highlight just how important a space like this is.
The real reason I’m writing this article is to raise awareness about the next step of the process. We need equipment. No one can bring a drum kit to campus, or a PA system to sing. Heavy, expensive items such as these are imperative to the rehearsal and performance of live music, and to the musicians at CMC, they are unavailable. With a room now available, the old excuse of having no space to put these things simply doesn’t hold water anymore.
How much would it cost? I have presented budgets to both ASCMC and DOS, and depending on the amount of gear we acquire, the cost would be between $1,100 and $2,700. Both parties expressed their support, but as of now nothing is guaranteed. A quick survey I had conduct at the request of some ASCMC board members resulted in about 50 responses from students eager to use the room, however I am sure there are more out there (if interested, you can take it here).
As my dad always says, you need to either shit or get off the pot. The news of a music room was met with cheers and high fives, but we’re not done yet. If the school administration and ASCMC say that music, and the room, are valid projects, they should get behind them. I’m not asking for it to happen tomorrow, but don’t let it get buried in bureaucracy and excuses. If we’ve come this far, we can go all the way. I, for one, am not going to let up until something gets done, and there are a lot more where I came from.