By Haley Bianco
KU’s Student Government Board has organized an on-campus concert for Oct. 18, 2014. Hip-hop recording artist, Chance The Rapper, will take the stage in Schaeffer Auditorium during KU’s Homecoming weekend.
“It fits so perfectly,” said SGB President Joe Scoboria. “The football game starts the day off and then there will be a ‘day party’ event on the DMZ with music, games and food.”
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, but tickets go on sale Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. at the MSU information desk. The cost is $20 for KU students with a student ID. Non-student tickets are scheduled to go on sale Oct. 1 for $40. Tickets are limited to the seating available in Schaeffer Auditorium, meaning there are approximately 1,000 tickets available. Schaeffer Auditorium was selected as the most feasible choice after reviewing all other venue options.
“I think the rows and aisles will be full of standing students,” said Scoboria.
Scoboria was elected as SGB president in April 2014 and he quickly began to work on his goal of bringing a concert on-campus for KU students. In the spring, SGB formed a concert committee of KU students including Scoboria, Letecia Garcia, Tyler Wuensche and Matt Assad. Over the summer, they worked with the Association of Campus Events, KU’s Vice President of Enrollment Management, Kimberly Scranage, and Leah Cassellia from the Office of Student Involvement.
Other state schools such as Bloomsburg, Clarion and IUP are able to host concerts more frequently for their students because they have an entire office dedicated to solely organizing concert events.
“This is a good first step for KU,” said Scoboria. “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
The concert is sponsored by SGB and ACE. Precautions to enter the event include metal detectors and security pat-downs upon entry. SGB will be looking for ways to measure the success of the concert by students’ remarks on social media sites.
“I’ve heard he’s very good to see live,” said Scoboria.
Chance The Rapper recently tweeted a picture of his fall concert schedule. Other schools he will be performing at include: St. Louis University, Eastern Michigan University, Rutgers University, University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech, University of Rhode Island and West Virginia University.