By: S.L. Macaraeg
The Business and Management’s Student Executive Council’s (BMSEC) BM Fun Fair last June 20 can be described as a poor and feeble attempt in organizing a division orientation.
In short, it was a collection of fiascos that made a grand fiasco. What made the orientation a grand fiasco was first, there was a lack of organization on the part of the BMSEC. Second was the lack of preparations and third was the lack of any command and control between BMSEC and its committees.
Regarding the first cause of the orientation, the lack of organization, one does not need to have a doctorate or masters in Business Administration to notice it. When the orientation started, students coming from the B&M Department’s courses were seated all across Martin Hall, regardless if their courses were Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Management, etc. which was contrary to original seat plan made by BMSEC.
This arrangement caused confusion among to both BMSEC and students. BMSEC could have coordinated with the clubs to assist by designating marshals and having them guide the students to their designated areas.
The lack of preparations was the second cause. An example was when BMSEC’s officers were still making a wooden Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel could have added to the stage’s aesthetics. However, it was not used nor installed since it was still unfinished when the orientation started.
The effort of BMSEC is laudable, since it made an effort to show the orientation really had a carnival theme. Yet, in the general sense, it was a mistake that BMSEC could have avoided. If BMSEC only made the Ferris wheel a week or even a month before, then it would have avoided cramming its construction during the orientation.
Last is the lack of command and control between BMSEC and its committees. The orientation might have been an inter-committee task. Instead, the committees, their heads, and members found themselves isolated.
The productions committee, in charge with the preparation of the flow of the program and the hosts, lacked any means of communication with the creative team, which was responsible for the orientation’s creative and technical solutions. Thus, both committees were forced to communicate with hand signals and mouthing instead of using walkie-talkies or radios. This lack of communication between the committees ultimately led to a chaotic program flow.
BMSEC could have remedied the lack of command and control by borrowing SAMAHAN’s radios. Furthermore, it could have also gathered the committee heads before the start of the orientation and giving them copies of the program flow.
In this way, the heads of the committees would have an idea of how the orientation would go. In the end, BMSEC’s has clearly failed its first test as an organization. However, there are more tests ahead for it. BMSEC can either learn from its mistake or repeat them again.
If it repeats those same mistakes again and again, the “F” most B&M students know will no longer stand for “failure.” It might soon stand as “F” for BMSEC.