The officers of the Student Association for Campus Activities spend time each semester coming up with ways to entertain students. SACA is best known for its biggest events, Homecoming and Riverfest, but it also produces other programs for students to enjoy and has more planned for this spring. SACA President Ricardo Soliz spoke with The Star about the new semester and the organization’s plans for getting involved on campus.
MAA: What are some things Texas State students can look forward to this semester?
RS: One thing that we are really jumping into this semester is cross programming, like working with other organizations to get our name out there to reach more students that we aren’t reaching now. We mostly cater to those who live on campus and right now, and we are trying to talk to other organizations that have that market where we can reach those people who live off campus and other demographics that we don’t normally reach out to.
MAA: Has SACA been planning anything over the break? RS: Yeah, the way things work here is that we plan everything a semester in advance. Things we do for the spring are planned in the fall and things we do in the fall are planned in the spring. We do it like this because when we bring acts, contracts and writings take a lot of time to look over to get payments set up.
MAA: Was there anything they were trying to improve?
RS: Well, I think what we really need to improve on is getting our name out there. That is one of the biggest issues because I feel like some people might have heard of SACA but don’t necessarily know what type of programs we do. We are sometimes basically known for Homecoming and Riverfest and we do a lot of other things besides that. We really want to get our name out there so when people see our logo, which is the ticket sign with SACA written inside it, people will know who we are and really want to be part of our organization.
MAA: What activities are you personally looking forward to this term?
RS: I feel like our calendar is looking really awesome for the semester. We are having comedians come in, and open mic nights. We did some of this last semester, which has been successful with those that live on campus. We have a lot of talent on campus that I feel people haven’t noticed, and I want to focus on that. One thing that we are doing which we did last year is a battle of the bands where we have local bands compete and the winner gets to be the opening act at Riverfest this spring.
MAA: Is SACA going to be involved with any other organizations this semester?
RS: That’s our biggest thing we are trying to accomplish this semester. We are trying to see how that can work out for us and hopefully that will be a big thing we are known for in the coming years for whoever takes over staff.