Tuesday, October 6, 2009

An editor's guide to Convocation

As we reach the halfway point of Convocation Fall 2009, I'd like to share a little about what I have learned from this year's services.

No, I am not going to recap the sermons or critique the music groups; I simply want to share my observations about seating.


Every student is different. Some of us like to sit in the balcony, some like to sit above the stage. Others prefer the main floor, while some have no preference at all.

When planning the time that you will arrive at Convocation, keep in mind where you want to sit. Especially this year, it seems that services are overflowing faster than normal. Allow me to elaborate on the times of arrival for each particular section.

Students who enjoy sitting on the main floor of the Conn Center should probably arrive at least 15 minutes early. If you want to sit with a group of three or more, I suggest sending a delegate at least 20 minutes early (if not earlier) to claim your seats.

Those wishing to sit in the balcony should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to service. By this time, the ushers are directing people upstairs because the main floor is full, with the exception of perhaps a few obscure individual seats. In the latter part of this time frame, the ushers open up the overflow above the stage for students to sit in as well.

By the time the worship service starts, the Conn Center is normally at capacity and finding seats is a challenge for even the keenest of I Spy aficionados. At this point, you will be told to filter into the Dixon Center to watch the service.

But don't think that going to Dixon Center guarantees you a seat! During the Monday night service, the Dixon Center hosted 570 students, some of whom were seated on the stairs.

So, when planning your Convocation experience, keep in mind where you want to find yourself seated. Hopefully these tips will help you to keep your mind focused on God and not on finding a seat!

Have a blessed rest of the week!

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