$7,000 to $14,000 is too much money to spend on Up All Nights if students are not attending. However, I think it is important the university continue to run the program, because students need activities they can participate in that do not involve alcohol. Pullman is limited in fun weekend activities that do not involve drinking, and the options get even more limited when the student does not have a car.
I think $7,000 to $14,000 is far too much to spend on an Up All Night. The events are great ideas but poorly executed. Some are fun to stop by and hang out at for an hour or so before you "go out," but that is all. Others are boring and not worth my time. Free food is gone before you know it, and they rarely procure good entertainment besides Nuthouse.
Unlike Springfest, most students would not miss the Up All Night programs at all. The individual cost of up to $14,000 this year is ridiculous considering the low attendance. For $14,000, WSU could provide a full scholarship for a semester, or a year's supply of books for 14 students. This is inconsolable with goals to cut spending. Students are squeezed enough as it is. We expect our fees to go toward smaller class sizes and a better educational experience for all – not a program to service the few.
For what they deliver, yes, it is too much. As a freshman, I do not have experience beyond the three Up All Nights I have attended this year, but the last two were disappointing. The first was fantastic – the game show was fun despite the small ratio of audience members to winners, the comedian was hilarious and the food was fantastic. The most recent two had very few things to do that I considered interesting, which I see as money wasted. Maybe if SEB started spending all of that money on a single, mind-blowing event or activity instead of a few fairly boring ones, we would start getting our money’s worth out of the Up All Nights.