CAV Sound pumps-up the volume

By Kendall Neil
April 1, 2004

Amy Hecht/Office of Student Activites

ave an event coming up? Instead of going on a search to find qualified sound and lighting technicians, walk up to the Office of Student Activities and fill out a Cavalier Sound request form. Nicknamed CAV sound, “Cavalier Sound” is a tech crew made-up of four students who are hired on a yearly basis and are trained in various aspects of event management and technical production. Residence Life and OSA had bought the equipment the year before but needed some sort of structure to keep track of who had the equipment and when they had it. The idea to create CAV sound came about when Assistant Director of Student Activities Amy Hecht was hired at Cabrini. “It was in my job description to come up with a process for renting out the sound equipment. After benchmarking other schools, I created CAV Sound, which is run out of the Office of Student Activities,” Hecht said.

The four students, juniors Michael Sofia, Craig Vagell, Mark Nolan and Angelina Wagner are the four qualified sound techs. Vagell has had plenty of experience with the sound and lighting aspects as he has his own DJ company and is also an active member in Cabrini’s radio and video stations. “It’s like two different worlds. Radio is for class credit and you’re not sure who your audience is. CAV sound is more on a personal, one on one basis. I like doing CAV sound better because we do get paid and it’s similar to my disc jockey business, ROCK’n DJ’s so it comes very easy to me,” Vagell said.

Junior Michael Sofia has had plenty of experience running sound for the various Campus Activities and Programming Board events. Sofia had some experience with sound and lighting in high school but feels as though the majority of his familiarity with the equipment comes from working alongside Vagell. “He has taught me so much that I’m glad I know and now I like being able to teach others. Now everything is simple, everyone has their own system and I have mine down to a science,” Sofia said. While he enjoys actually running the sound equipment, Sofia even enjoys the set-up and break down before and after a show.

Vagell feels that this is a great opportunity that students should jump on. “It’s a great opportunity for students to first off get money on campus and also learn the aspects of working sound and lighting on a real job,” Vagell said.

There are a variety of packages that can be purchased through CAV sound ranging in total prices from $50-$130 and also the additional fee of $10/hour for the trained CAV technician which is mandatory with rental. For more information on prices and requirements in order to request CAV sound, visit the OSA and pick up a brochure.

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