Meet Molly Golemo
Promoting fun, alcohol-free events
on the University of Iowa campus
When Molly Golemo joined the UI Office of Student Life’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) during her first year of college, she had no idea it would turn into a professional job opportunity. She just thought it would be a fun way to get involved on campus. She became actively involved in the group, rising to the position of president her junior year.
Then, just as she was preparing to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies last May, the Office of Student Life was looking for someone to fill a new position promoting student activities on campus. Because of her leadership experience in CAB, Golemo was a perfect match.
Now Golemo helps to advise the organizations she used to be a part of—groups like CAB and the planning committees for student-organized events like RiverFest and Homecoming. Golemo also works with campus initiatives such as Late Night at Iowa, a grant program for alcohol-free late-night programs, and On Iowa!, a first-year-student immersion program; and assists students who are interested in programming late-night events on campus.
Golemo recently spoke with Parent Times about her new role and the evolution of late-night programming on campus.
What late-night activities are offered at The University of Iowa?
About five years ago, CAB was responsible for having one event a week, on a Thursday at 9 p.m. That was the entire mission of CAB. After a push from the Division of Student Services for more late-night options, CAB now offers pre-DVD-release movie showings every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10 p.m.; live shows (stand-up comedy, magicians, open mic nights, etc.) every Thursday at 10 p.m.; dive-in movies at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center once a month; late-night Friday comedy specials once a month; road trips off campus once a month; and NightHawks (late-night events that include games, food, and interactive activities) one Friday a month. In addition, the Bijou—the student-run cinema—offers free screenings every night in its theater in the Iowa Memorial Union.
Why the big push for more late-night programming on campus?
The University knew for quite some time that late-night programming needed to pick up and be better supported. But the big push really started after the Iowa City City Council passed the 21-only ordinance, which prevents anyone under the age of 21 from being in a bar after 10 p.m., in April 2010.
Why is it important for the University to offer late-night programming?
It creates a safe environment for underage students to engage in social activities, and it creates healthier options for students of all ages. CAB’s goal is to put on good events so that students learn they don’t have to go to bars to meet people and have fun.
How do you get students to attend these events?
CAB’s executive board really concentrates on making events as entertaining as possible. Since the board is made up entirely of undergraduate students, they know what’s cool and what’s not among their peers.