By Evan Berrios
In search of the final touch to make their dorms feel like home, students flocked to the Brower Student Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 12 for to purchase posters, magnets and stickers during the annual poster sale hosted by College’s radio station, WTSR 91.3 FM. The poster sale is often a hit among students due to its wide variety of artwork available to purchase. While providing students with means of personalizing their dorm, the sale also provides 91.3 WTSR with the majority of its funding for the year.
Sara Weingarter, a junior graphic design major and WTSR’s station manager, explained the impact that the poster sale has on the radio station. Although the posters are provided by the Beyond The Wall, a pop-up poster company, the radio station receives a portion of the proceeds.
“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Weingartner said. “It helps us fund all the other stuff we do throughout the year like merch sales and our end of the year banquet.”
The College’s radio station allows the campus community to experience a diverse selection of music and talk shows.
“I think we introduce the campus to a lot of music that they might not have heard of before, and we give students opportunities to have their voice be heard,” Weingartner said. “We’re an independent and alternative station, which doesn’t really define a genre. That basically means we play everything you don’t hear on Top 40 radio. We play indie pop, folk stuff, hip hop shows, R&B shows and an overall wide variety.”
Beyond the Wall’s posters featured graphics of artistic scenery, music genres and TV shows, catering to a wide variety of tastes.
“We’ve been slammed,” said Karleen Carter, a Beyond The Wall employee. “Lines going on the entire day. It’s definitely a very popular event especially for the second, third and fourth year students. Our most popular posters are definitely our Tyler The Creator posters, Frank Ocean, Cowboy BeBop, Rick and Morty and especially Harry Potter.”
Students were eager to browse selections offered at the sale, and were hopeful to take home pieces that would add character to the cinder block walls of their on-campus residences.
“I enjoy the poster sale every year because each time it’s another opportunity to express yourself in a different way, bring a little light and color into your room or just (add to) whatever aesthetic you’re already going with,” said Diamond Hackley, a junior psychology major. “I just like that it gives you an opportunity to do something fun without having to go too far to get it.”
Marcus Allen, a senior journalism and professional writing and African American studies double major, was also enthusiastic about the sale.
“I feel like it brings artistic life to the community,” Allen said. “It allows people who aren’t as artistic to capture someone else’s ideas so they can take it as their own as well.”