New program offers alternative choices on weekend nights

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    A new campus program is providing alternatives to the social pressures of drinking and excessive partying.

    Members of the program, called TheEnd, host various events for students every Friday and Saturday night, such as movies and performances. On Sept. 5, TheEnd hosted comedian Vanessa Bayer from Saturday Night Live.

    Assistant Director of Student Activities Brad Thompson said the events provide an opportunity to help students be responsible and make good choices.

    “If we’re not providing them with opportunities as a university, how do we help them do that?” Thompson said. “How do we help them make the decisions?”

    Thompson said the program is meant to change more than just students’ weekend activities.

    “I think that we finally have made a significant move towards making a difference through this kind of programming,” Thompson said. “I believe that events like this can shape the culture, and that’s what we are trying to do.”

    Senior child development major Kelly Lee, a director for theCrew, said theEnd is something that TCU can benefit from since it gives people something to do during the weekend.

    “These events are really important and I want them to go well,” Lee said. “It’s always rewarding to see all the students come in and they are so excited for something.”

    TheEnd could have a positive effect on students if people are willing to do something other than go to parties, senior nursing major Rebekah Adams said.

    “I think it’s really exciting,” Adams said. “I think it’s a great idea to bring us all together. It’s just a great way to see other students on campus.”

    Lee said that together theEnd, theCrew, HallCrew, and other organizations create events that aim to bring the community together.

    “If we touch one student, we feel like we’ve done enough,” Lee said. “But, we always want to be able to touch as many as possible.”