By Taylor Ohlinger
In April of spring 2014, KU’s Student Government Board teamed up with members of the Association of Campus Events in an effort to bring Chance The Rapper to KU. Members of the concert committee include Joe Scoboria, Matt Assad, Letecia Garcia, Tyler Wensche and the executive board members of ACE.
“With the help of VP of Enrollment Management, Kim Scranage, we were able to reach out to the proper offices at KU to bring everyone to the table before summer,” said SGB President, Joe Scoboria. “The Office of Student Involvement was also of major assistance in this effort leading into the three-month break.”
Over summer break, Scoboria was able to keep in contact with the committee. By early August the committee booked Chance to perform at KU during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 18.
Chance The Rapper began his music career in December 2012 after the release of his song “Windows” from his mix-tape “10 Day.” This song put him on Complex magazine’s list “10 New Chicago Rappers to Look Out For.” In 2012, Chance joined friend and rapper Childish Gambino on his North American concert tour as the opening act. Chance’s second mix-tape, “Acid Rain,” is his most commonly known and performed mix-tape to date. This mix-tape received universal acclaim and was nominated for Best Mix-tape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Chance The Rapper will kick off his Verge Campus Fall Tour 2014 on Sept. 29 at Cal-Poly Pomona and will visit 18 schools across the U.S., including Kutztown. When asking Scoboria for his final thoughts on the show, he said, “I give full credit to everyone on the concert committee who made this possible. I look forward to the event, and cannot wait to hear feedback from all the students in attendance. Standing in line with students when the tickets first went on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m., everyone was excited and I could tell the students were pleased with SGB and ACE.”