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Badass Lights and Sound Team (BLAST) collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Badass Lights and Sound Team (BLAST) is a student-run group which coordinates sound engineering, lighting design, and many other technical needs for shows and events on Haverford's campus. Since 2011, BLAST has provided support to student-run events and shows. BLAST initially staffed events with one primary worker and one assistant, but as of Fall 2019 have staffed events with one primary worker and two assistants. Student staff members go to biannual trainings, and are compensated for their work. As of spring 2023, BLAST has a $10,000 semester budget that covers payroll and equipment. Student event planners can sign up for BLAST support through Haverford's event management system (EMS). For small events, student event planners can now sign up for BLAST in a Box, which consists of a speaker, microphone, and phone connectors.

The collection contains a tech crew information sheet from 2011 as well as spreadsheets used by BLAST members to sign up to work at events from fall 2011 to spring 2023. The sign-up spreadsheets include the date of event, the name of the event and its sponsor, the time and location, the audio-visual support needed, the lighting support needed, whether or not a projector is needed, the names of the BLAST members working at the event, and the sound and lighting equipment needed.

The materials are arranged chronologically.

BLAST sign-up spreadsheets were donated to the College Archives by Maxwell Champlin, Co-Head and Treasurer of BLAST and a member of the Class of 2025.

Processed by Alexa Horkava, completed November 2021; further processing by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, August 2023.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Ella Culton, Alexa Horkava, and Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger
Finding Aid Date
November, 2021; updated August, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Badass Lights and Sound Team (BLAST) collection, 2011-2023.
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