Three-time Grammy-winning rap artist Ludacris will be this year's guest at Missouri Western's Spring Concert.
The Western Activities Council made the announcement Friday, Jan. 23, at Western's Centennial Ball.
The announcement was met with a round of ecstatic applause from the audience. Individual responses centered around anticipation and excitement.
"I feel really excited. Im glad we got someone who's well known," sophomore Shenia Wilson said.
"It's really cool that we have someone who's been in a movie coming to our concert. I know a lot of people who are going to be pumped about it," freshman Jonathan Arthaud said.
Some, like junior Sarah Jones, have been waiting quite some time for such a widely-known artist.
"I've been here for three years and he's by far the best who's come here. The concerts in the past were alright, but Ludacris will be better," Jones said.
Where as much of the crowd was pleased to hear the news, not all the reactions were positive.
"I think it's great we got a big name, but I think we'd make a lot more money and draw more interest if we had a country artist," sophomore Paul Godberson said.
But even those who had negative thoughts about Ludacris as headliner were hopeful that the 2015 Spring Concert will be better than years past.
"I was really wishing for a country artist, but Ludacris will be better than years past," junior Matt Scholz said. "From what I understand about years past is that they were smaller artists and WAC only broke even."
Reyhan Wilkinson, WAC concert chair, said they had a reason for choosing Ludacris as the headliner.
"To accomadate students the best we could, we chose a pop artist who would reach more generations," Wilkinson said.
Although the big name artist will attract more of the student body and the public, WAC believes that the Saturday concert will allow an even wider opportunity for people to enjoy the concert.
The concert will be held Saturday, April 11, in St. Joseph's Civic Arena.
Tickets are $7 per student and can be purchased in the Center for Student Involvement office in upstairs Blum. For the public, however, the cost is still to be decided by the artist's ticket agency.