Flashes of light. Loud shouting voices. Hands tightly clamped on ears. A realistic description of 18th century warfare or, more accurately, our welcome back ASB assembly. If you were like me, you could barely hear what the ASB was talking about. Not for lack of sound of course, but because of the excess of sound. This problem isn’t a new one either, as Junior Marcus Avery put it, “honestly sound hasn’t been good since I was a freshman.”
Now loud sound, by itself, does not require ear muffs. Neither do high pitches. The problem happens when you take these, throw them in a closed gym, and keep them at sustained levels for 20 minutes. People were seen shakily walking out of the gym, and while this could be attributed to the adrenaline pumping through their veins from a rousing speech, clutching your head is generally not considered an additional symptom.
But as Mckenna Murray, ASB videographer, explained it, the problem was simply human error. “It was kinda a shock for us to have audio for the video, so we didn’t know how loud it was supposed to be. I also think the screeching was also in part due to people speaking too loudly in the microphone. I think we fixed the audio for the second assembly.”
However, and this is a big however, ignoring the glaring, or better, screeching audio problems, the rest of the first ASB assembly worked. The video equipment actually played, and the videos themselves were very well done. They did their job of welcoming the freshmen and new leaders, and though tinnitus is not generally considered a greetings, they looked happy if confused.
But however well you direct an assembly, it’s useless if no one can listen to what is being said. Hopefully the ASB decides to tone down the mic volume or yell just a teensy bit quieter. Of course this opens up whole new business opportunities. Show your ASB card to the scanner, and get a free pair of earmuffs.