Alternative ideas sought for spring concert


Victoria BresnahanNews Editor

There is a large chance that the annual spring concert will not occur this year due to an inability to find cost-effective and exciting musical talent.

“We have made a couple of offers to artists and been denied due to various reasons,” said Associate Director of the Office of Student Involvement Eric LaCharity.

Money, travel, time and the negative reputation of an artist are some of the factors prohibiting the university’s commitment to a musician.

LaCharity said, at the weekly Student Government Association meeting, this year has been a balance between financing the concert and finding someone who represents the values of the university.

The concert is paid for through student fees. The Office of Student Involvement is permitted to use $40,000 of that money to cover the costs of the concert.

Last month, SGA allocated an additional $15,000 in the hopes of finding the appropriate musician. This allocation will most likely not be used for an event other than a concert, LaCharity said.

If there is no musical artist selected, this will be one of the first times, according to LaCharity, a spring concert has not been held.

The office is currently exploring different ideas for the week of the concert if an artist is not found by this week.

If an artist has not been found and since the concert is set to be a month away, he said, they have begun working toward planning a different event.

LaCharity said the event would be like a “Student Appreciation Day multiplied by five.” A carnival-like festival with food trucks and local artists are ideas being considered.

Representative-at-Large Trimaine Brown, said as a suggestion, artists from a few decades ago should be considered, as well, since they would sing recognizable songs. A concert for next year will still be considered.

Photo Credit: August Pelliccio

 

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