Safety prompts coordinators to cut night stars’ hours

Hours were reduced for Night Stars this year to address safety concerns, James Lorello, coordinator for the Night Star Program, said.

After finishing a shift, a night star must return his or her keys to either the east or west side service desk.

Lorello said he wants to make sure the Night Stars are not out too late since 2 to 3:30 a.m. is “prime time” for incidents.

This school year, Night Stars work from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Last school year, they worked 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

After losing this extra hour, Joseph Williams, senior anthropology major and third year night star, said he lost another $50 pay check.

Last year Sana Chaudhri, junior biology major and second year night star, said she worked 20 hours a week, and in the past two weeks, she’s worked 20-hour weeks, but that is not a guarantee.

“With more financial responsibilities, the variety in the hours that I am getting is a little troublesome,” Chaudhri said.

This year, to accommodate the hour cuts, the night stars are allowed to work four nights a week if they have below a 3.0 grade-point average and five nights if they are at or above a 3.0 GPA, Kait McConomy, graduate assistant for the night star program, said.

Previously, if Night Stars had below a 3.0 GPA, they were allowed to work three nights a week, but if they had a 3.0 GPA or above, they were allowed to work four nights.

They have also offered a four-hour day shift to the night stars every game day, McConomy said.


Story: LINDSAY BOOKOUT, Intern News Reporter