Editorial: UB helps increase student involvement

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*This editorial originally was printed in the Tuesday Feb. 16 edition of The Daily Eastern News

The University Board has announced Eastern’s spring 2016 concert and it is none other than Panic! At The Disco.

Students were able to decide who they would like to perform via a survey that was sent out late last semester, and after all of the results were in, UB announced the headliner during the Eastern basketball game last week.

The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 15 at Lantz Arena and tickets are going on sale Wednesday.

UB is putting out all of the stops for this concert, especially given the fact that last semester’s fall concert headliner, Three Dog Night, had to cancel their performance due to medical issues.

Now that the concert is scheduled, UB has also put together other events that have seen quite a bit of a turnout.

They hosted a spoken work-comedy event in 7th Street Underground and a stuff-a-bear event early last week, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Now this is a turbulent time, not only for Eastern, but for every other public state university in terms of layoffs, closing and the lack of a state budget.

But these different student events serves a dual purpose.

The first purpose is obvious, and it is to bring entertainment and different opportunities for Eastern students to interact with each other and have some fun while doing it.

The other reason is to help bring more awareness to Eastern and probably help bring more students to Eastern in the future.

Considering the fact that UB has managed to secure a well-known music performance to headline the spring concert shows that they’re trying to increase student involvement on campus through these different events.

While UB is preparing everything for the spring concert, they also prepare other events to try and boost student involvement, which is all well and good, but how successful will all of this be in the end remains to be seen.

UB also had some fun with the days leading up to the reveal by creating a contest among students by guaranteeing free concert tickets to a student who managed to guess who the performer would be leading up to the big reveal.

This had students tweeting all sorts of guesses and each day leading up to the reveal revealed a brand-new clue to have students guessing.

The spring concert this year might just be one of the most anticipated events this year, and it is the first time in recent years that UB has managed to secure an alternative musical performers, unlike other shows in the past.

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