QUOTE(urbanpreppie05 @ Apr 12 2010, 02:08 PM)
I heard someone say the other day that UA has no place for concerts. I responded with, "Don't let Live Nation Hear you say that." This was a student who "claimed" to be on "the program board" at one time and claimed that E.J. Thomas is not meant for concerts and that was why "they" couldn't bring concert to campus. I responded that perhaps he was taking that position so as to have an excuse for not being good at his job on the "program board.".
Name 5 student events that you've planned from start to finish.
They are not an all campus program board.http://www.uakron.edu/studentlife/zpn/index.php
(sad it hasn't been updated in awhile though.)
Thanks for the site for the Zips Programming Network (not RHPB). Unlike RHPB, they are or are suppose to be an all campus programming board.
Here are some programs I and other UA students not only planned but presented: Chicago - Memorial Hall: 3,600 in attendance, The Fifth Dimension - Memorial Hall: 3,500 in attendance, Bread - Memorial Hall: 3000 in attendance, Dionne Warwick - Memorial Hall: 3,000 in attendance, Stevie Wonder - Memorial Hall: 3,000 in attendance, The Eagles - Memorial Hall: 3,500 in attendance, J. Geils - Memorial Hall: 3,600 in attendance(Homecoming), Lynard Skynard - Memorial Hall: 3,000 in attendance, Jane Fonda - Knight Auditorium (Leigh Hall): over 500 in attendance, Cheech & Chong - Thomas Hall: 3,000 in attendance, Michael Stanley Band - Thomas Hall: 2,500 in attendance, Dave Mason - Memorial Hall: over 3,700 in attendance (we slipped the fire marshall a present for this one), Brian Auger - Thomas Hall: 3,012 in attendance, Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Thomas Hall: 3,000 in attendance, McKendree Spring - Thomas Hall: 2,300 in attendance, William Kunstler Anti-war activist and attorney for the Chicago 7 speaker - Knight Auditorium: over 500 in attendance (same fire marshall), Vincent Bugliosi (chief prosecutor who put Charles Manson behind bars) - Thomas Hall: 3,000 in attendance, Madelyn Murray O'Hare ( nationally known atheist) - Knight Auditorium: 500 in attendance, Margaret Mead, world renowned Anthropologist - Knight Auditorium: 500 in attendance.
My point in answering your request is to point out that even though I was involved and in a leadership position in most of these shows, it's not about me or what I did. Many UA students made it their job to be on a volunteer programming board and actually accomplished things by doing their work and doint it well. They didn't go around making excuses about how they can't do this and they can't do that. Did we get obstacles thrown in our way by UA administrators? You bet we did, but for the most part we persevered because we wanted to see great things happen on our campus as opposed to just wanting to belong to a program board because it will look good on our school record or resume. Gotta get that Honor A- Key Award!
When administrators told us we couldn't put major shows in Memorial Hall due to an alleged lack of electrical power in that facility, we came back with "no problem, we'll rent a generator" and we did just that. When they said, we couldn't bring a promoter on campus due to policy, we demanded they change that policy or give us an honest reason why not. When they said that promoters would exploit the student body for their money, we illustrated to them and the rest of the student body that that was a lie and demanded they discard the policy. They did and consequently we made money for our organization by working with promoters to bring great events to the campus. And, we filled venues over and over and over again.
When they claimed at the 11th hour that our planned Lynard Skynard concert for Thomas Hall had to be moved to Memorial Hall due to a malfunction inthe moveable ceiling, we insisted that we be allowed to come into the hall and view the alleged "broken ceiling". We were physically blocked by the Hall's staff and they won that one. Funny, we didn't have time to rent that generator for Memorial Hall for this last minute venue change, yet pulled off the concert with a great light and sound show. lack of power my arse!
So, I had to laugh at the recent student who claimed that they can't have concerts on campus because Thomas Hall is not really meant for concerts. Yeaaaaa, right! Someone has over cooked matso balls for testicles if you ask me.
The issue here is that it can be done. You just have to want to do it. I only wish we had the quality university president and other administrators back then that students have now. I have a hunch obstacles would have been much more easy to overcome if we did. The UA campus is ripe for great things to happen on it. They have many great facilities and sub-venues for activities, major concerts and presentations befitting a public university of its size and stature. I hope and trust that these opportunities will be taken full advantage of by today's students and the administration that appears to want to support them. Go Zips!