A student survey to decide which band will headline the universityâ€™s annual Spring Concert on April 11 revealed by CSUâ€™s top activity planning board shows that alternative rock band Rise Against took the top spot.
But a number of logistical problems led the Association for Student Activity Programming to choose Pepper and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus â€“â€“Â No. 4 and No. 8 on the list, respectively â€“â€“ to perform.
Rise Against upped its price â€“â€“ which would have cost $30,000 more than the budgeted $100,000 event price tag â€“â€“Â and the No. 2 pick, Snow Patrol was not touring at the time ASAP placed its bids. The third choice, Jimmy Eat World, wasnâ€™t accepting college gigs.
Pepper will receive $30,000 of the budgeted money, which freed up some of the funds to hire a second band. ASAP chose Red Jumpsuit Apparatus because it was the band next on the list that would play for as little as the leftover $20,000. The remaining $50,000 will be spent on production costs.
ASAP disclosed the survey after being inundated with â€œnegative responsesâ€ from students complaining about a lack of transparency in the organization when it decided not to reveal the results this week, said Brooke Cunningham, ASAP concert coordinator.
Initially, the voting results were not revealed to â€œmaintain the integrity of the survey and to protect ASAP,â€ she said.
Tim Hole, student governmentâ€™s vice president, said that, while he understood ASAPâ€™s apprehension to release the numbers, it was â€œa step in the right directionâ€ to disclose the results.
Cunningham said more than 5,000 students voted in the survey.
â€œWe really did listen and went by the survey as best possible. We have nothing to hide,â€ Cunningham said. â€œWe didnâ€™t want to release the results simply because the process is so complicated.â€
The universityâ€™s top fee allocation committee dedicated the money for the concert mainly from the student fee budget.
ASAP came under scrutiny last year after it formed an 11-member board to decide who â€“â€“Â it ended up being hip-hop artists Lupe Fiasco and Three 6 Mafia â€“â€“ would headline the 2008 concert.
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Top 4 student votes
- Rise Against
- Snow Patrol
- Jimmy Eat World