-The Entertainment Fee was established in 1984 to provide funding for SGA College Funds, Spirit Group/Spirit Leader, The Art Museum, University Program Council for events like Lagniappe Week, Ragin Roar, and Homecoming. UPC sponsored events are free to students.
In the past, the Entertainment fee has funded:
With its humble beginnings in 1973, Lagniappe Day is a time-honored University Tradition that allows students to relax after a stressful spring semester. The hallmark of Lagniappe Day is a 20,000 pound crawfish boil in which students can eat unlimited crawfish while sitting in the sun. Additionally, students freely canoe in Cypress Lake or compete for the title of Canoe Races Champion. Coupled with a pepper eating contest and free giveaways for knowing a bit of UL Lafayette trivia, Lagniappe Day is the ultimate way for students to decompress and prepare themselves for the end of the semester. The programmers of Lagniappe Day have the privilege of actually jumping into the alligator-filled Cypress Lake and carry on the tradition of the first lake jumper, Phil Beridon. Student fees are essential to the success of one of UL Lafayette’s best traditions.'
Movie Madness has become a much loved student event. Held periodically throughout the semester, students are able to watch blockbuster films in the convenience of the on-campus theatre, Bayou Bijou. After a long day, students participate in the movie-going experience: meeting up with friends, getting popcorn and candies, and settling in on a whimsical journey into a fictitious interpretation of action, horror, or comedy. Working with a company to acquire the copyrights to screen these films, UPC provides students with mega films such as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity War, and Incredibles 2. Student fees allow UPC to program entertaining nights out at the movies.
Homecoming Week is the epitome of UL Lafayette pride! Celebrating the sheer awesomeness of UL Lafayette and bringing alumni back to reminisce on the great times they shared at UL is a preeminent goal of Homecoming Week. The University Program Council utilizes student fees to program a week of events that inspire students to love their university more and more each day. Kicking off the week with window decorating, various student organizations exhibit their artistic talents by depicting Ragin Cajun scenes from football fields to the Walk of Honor to our beloved fleur-de-lis. Throughout the week, students are able to get free cupcakes and patronize local food vendors at the Food Truck Roundup, run around campus discovering interesting facts about UL Lafayette during the Scavenger Hunt, scream at the top of their lungs for the Ragin Cajuns football team at the incredible Yell Like Hell pep rally, be entertained through fun performers from comedians to hypnotists, ride through Lafayette in handmade artistic floats in the Homecoming Parade, and end the week by cheering on the Ragin Cajuns at the football game. Additionally, the Homecoming Court recognizes outstanding UL students and showcases their achievements and contributions to the betterment of the university. Without student fees to fund this massive week of events, the undergraduate portion of Homecoming Week would cease to exist.
Krewe of Roux
The Krewe of Roux Parade and Ball encourages UL Lafayette students to laissez les bon temps rouler and embrace the rich culture that emanates through Lafayette during Mardi Gras season. Students are encouraged to grab a group of friends or incorporate their student organization to participate in the Mardi Gras parade. Students walk or ride in a float and throw goodies to the UL community. Following the parade, UPC invites all to the King Cake Giveaway where the King and Queen of the Mardi Gras are announced by way of nominees finding the baby in the king cake. In the evening, students dress in ball attire and dance the night away at the Krewe of Roux Ball at the Cajun Dome Convention Center. Student fees fund this exciting experience, from the giveaways to the food to the Cajun Dome Convention Center.
Financials for the 2018-2019 Entertainment Fee
|Student Entertainment||REVENUES||Tuition and Fees|
|Tuition & Fees-Allowance Adj||6,957.52|
|Tuition & Fees-Prior Semesters||1.50|
|Tuition and Fees Total||175,960.89|
|Other Operating Revenues||Participant Fees||1,805.00|
|Other Operating Revenues Total||1,805.00|
|Nonoper Rev-Gifts Total||0.00|
|EXPENDITURES||Salaries||Classified Overtime Pay||(1,416.04)|
|Group Insurance||Life Ins Contr-Regular||(0.51)|
|Group Insurance Total||(1.97)|
|Travel||Conf and Conv Travel-I/S||(2,847.80)|
|Conf and Conv Travel-O/S||(4,473.26)|
|Property Maintenance and Repairs||(500.00)|
|Telephone Line Charges||(2,376.00)|
|Other Operating Services||0.00|
|Operating Services Total||(67,114.08)|
|Office Supplies-IT related||(727.61)|
|Educ and Recreational Supplies||(3,364.66)|
|Professional Services||Professional Travel-Exempt||(88.00)|
|Other Professional Services||(28,282.00)|
|Professional Services Total||(28,370.00)|
|Other Charges||Registration Fees-Nontravel||(1,924.85)|
|Special Meal-Student Function||(18,658.18)|
|Other Charges Total||(25,599.96)|
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