History of Pines
From 1979-2010, the annual end of year music celebration for students on Watab Island, Saint John's, was referred to as Pinestock. From early 2000's on the event was deemed a failure; reasons vary for the negative press and low attendances at Pinestock. Ticket prices for the concert were typically high for students $20-$30.00 due to sound and artist pricing increases, inclement April weather typically forced the concert indoors, and lack of unity in artist genre among students may all have been part of the decrease in student engagement. With the considerable amount of funds set aside for the annual Pinestock event from the student activity fee, there was administrative discussion that the event was a waste of time and should cease to exist. In an effort to save the celebration, Pinestock was revamped under the 2011 Joint Events Council (JEC) Executive Board, under the direction of SALD Asst. Director Gwen Schimek. The event was changed to Pines with the accompanying year. The Pines event was to include more activities than solely a concert in hopes of being more inclusive to all students. This transition to Pines provided the JEC new found freedom to build a wide-ranging Pines event that meets the interests of the student body.
Click on each of the pictures below to read about the Pines event for each year.