WAC concert falls short on attendance and cost


Western’s WAC spring concert has come and gone, and so has a substantial amount of student money.

According to figures obtained from Don Willis, assistant dean for student services, the overall budget for the spring concert this year was $65,000. The bulk of the cost for the concert was for procuring the talent, which was budgeted around $45,000. These figures are budgeted amounts and do not reflect actual dollars spent.

Some of the other associated costs for the concert: production, $12,500; hospitality, $2,500; and advertising, $5,000.

“I am confident that when we get all the bills paid, we will have come in under budget,” Willis said.

The official attendance of 783 for this years spring concert pales when compared to the Blake Shelton and the Puddle of Mudd/Saliva concerts from the previous two years.

With some of the obstacles regarding the concert, Western should be thankful that WAC was able to schedule a viable replacement so quickly.
During the SGA meeting held Monday, April 11 a resolution was passed removing the requirement to cycle through the genres of country, rock and hip-hop/R&B.

Jordan Carney, the president for residence council, believed that passing the legislation would alleviate scheduling restrictions made by having to stay within a particular genre.

“I think that being able to go with whatever is best for our money and whoever is available is better than being restricted to a certain genre,” Carney said.

Next year the total cost may be down based on the fact that SGA President-elect Alison Norris is requiring that the spring concert be held on campus.
Norris says that she felt a need to address this to prevent being bound by a genre in the event something happens in the future with scheduling a performer.

“I felt like too, that it just puts us in a box where it limits us to three genres,” Norris said. “Really, it doesn’t make us diverse with only three genres, when there’s lots of different types of music. So, I just felt we should pick the best artist for the amount of money we have, and I also like the option of allowing students voting to find out what the popular vote is.”

Senator Jacqueline Waters was in defense of keeping the concert rotation to maintain a diverse music offering by ensuring a different type of music every year. Waters said that J. Cole had performed in Columbia, Mo. at the University of Missouri.

“The only reason why a lot of people didn’t go to this J. Cole concert was because they were at Mizzou when J. Cole was there,” Waters said.

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