By Shelby Hancock |Staff Writer|
The Climbing Wall Campout, originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6 was cancelled due to lack of sign ups, officials said.
This event was set to take place on the rockwall located inside the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, referred to by students as “the Rec Center.” Some students felt that the event was not adequately promoted, and said the lack of publicity may have been a cause of the cancellation.
“I went to sign up on Thursday after my friend had told me about it but was turned away and told I missed the deadline,” said Rebecca Frey.
LaterThursday night, students who signed up received an email stating, “I regret to inform you that our event Climbing Wall Campout has been cancelled due to lack of registration,” written by Dominic Trujillo, supervisor of the climbing wall.
“We advertised online mainly via our Rec Sports Instagram account as well as our Climbing Wall Facebook group page,” said Trujillo. The Chronicle looked for information regarding climbing wall social media, but came up empty-handed.
Out of the 18,952 students at CSUSB, 157 students follow the Facebook page, and 1,192 students follow the Instagram page.
“I think its important to include all students in any school-sanctioned event, especially at a commuter campus,” said student housing staff member, Brandon Landrum.
According to their Facebook page, the event was an attempt to bring more attention to the climbing wall, by providing snacks and games for students for only five dollars.
“Student membership fees are included in their tuition. CSUSB students have access to all programs offered by the Recreational Sports,” according to the Rec Center.
“We all pay student fees, it offends me that I’m excluded from activities funded by my money,” said Stephanie Woodward.
Many students are confused about the climbing wall criteria and procedure.
“I go to the Rec Center often, but I’ve never climbed the wall, no staff ever seems to be around and I don’t know who to ask,” said Woodward.
The climbing wall is the first thing you see as you walk into the Rec Center, but its location may also be an issue.
“The rock wall looks fun but the location of it is too seen. I would be embarrassed,” said Ariana Gomez.
The climbing wall seems to pose several issues for students.
It seems that students have the interest, but the rock wall is simply not used enough.
“I was really looking forward to climbing the wall for the first time in an intimate, small group setting,” said Frey who was turned away from signing up for the event.
The goal of the event was to promote and expand the climbing community at CSUSB, according to Trujillo, but fell short of expectations.