John Carroll University’s annual Spring Concert, which featured Neon Trees along with opening act Minus the Bear, was free to all JCU students with a valid University identification card.
The concert was able to be free because it was within SUPB’s budget to do so. All those who purchased tickets were able to exchange their tickets for refund vouchers between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the Monday following the concert.
Making the concert available to students free of charge increased the number of attendees at the concert. Were tickets required, many students would have most likely not attended.
Though it is a safety issue to keep large amounts of money around for several days, some students may have been unable to get their money back. To accommodate for students with busy schedules, more time should be available for ticket refunds.
Unfortunately, on the same night as the concert, both Kappa Kappa Gamma and Gamma Phi Beta had events. Li’l Sibs Weekend occurred the same weekend as well. Such events prevented more students from attending the concert.
In the future, greater effort should be made by campus organizations to make the concert night more available to students.
Some students were disappointed with the band choices. Attendance level was possibly so high due to the fact that the event was free, but in the future the performers must attract students without relying on free entry.
It is important to vary the artist choice each year for the Spring Concert. The Spring Concert Committee needs to make sure the mood and energy are high each year in order to keep students better engaged and increase attendance.