I think the old slider was better, not only aesthetically (at least for our site), but functionally. The oblong shape adds another complication to the size of images. Making images as close to square as possible optimizes the way the icons look. Now, only a portion of a square image shows on the slider and if the image is taller than wide the image become virtually unrecognizable when it shows up in the slider. Another issue with the slider is that there is no way to limit the number of events that scroll. I liked the way the old slider would show the next five featured events. Now it seems to cycle an entire month. I also liked the way the five featured events were stacked to the right enabling a visitor to easily go back to one or another event that scrolled past.