Apr 112010
Authors: Anna Baldwin

Approximately 2,200 students, about a quarter of total capacity, took to the floor and stands of Moby Arena Sunday night as the Association for Student Activity Programming presented its annual Spring Concert.

The turnout for the concert, which featured alternative rockers Pepper and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, was about what the student organization hoped for, said ASAP Concert Coordinator Brooke Cunningham.

In an e-mail to the Collegian prior to the concert, Cunningham said ASAP’s goal was 2,200 concertgoers, and she believed the group would reach its goal.

Molly Falke, a student employee of the Campus Box Office in the Lory Student Center, said ticket sales picked up considerably Friday.

“I feel like a lot of students are getting tickets last minute,” Falke said. “It’s hard to really predict numbers though because tickets can be bought at the door too as well as online.”

The concert faced controversy from some students because of the choice of bands scheduled to perform and the price of the tickets. Floor tickets were $17, seated tickets were $12 and the general public tickets were $28.

Missy Nylund, a freshman sports medicine major, said she was excited to see the Hawaiian-based band Pepper, but arrived at the concert after the opening act because she wasn’t interested in The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

“I thought it would sell out, so I bought my ticket right away. But it clearly didn’t,” Nylund said. “I thought the prices were reasonable, but it can always be cheaper, especially when the audience is going to be mostly college students.”

Freshman business major Caleb Ochs was front row against the barricade with a floor ticket, and he thought that tickets were a steal for the level of bands that were performing.

“I would pay up to $30 to see (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) because they’re such a high-caliber band,” Ochs said.

The concert opened with an introduction from Cunningham and ASAP adviser Dan Balski, who asked the crowd, “Moby Arena, are you ready to rock?”

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the opening act, played about an hour-long set to an audience who filled a quarter of the floor and seated area. Soon, those on the floor swayed with the music, formed a mosh pit and put their hands in the air.

Pepper began its set around 8:45 p.m. to the crowd chanting its name. With all three band members shirtless and energetic, the band performed to louder cheers and more crowd involvement.

Student volunteers helped with the concert throughout the day by setting up the green room or helping set up the stage and barricades. About 53 volunteers helped with these tasks in four-hour shifts throughout the day, said ASAP Recruitment Coordinator Andy Penland.

As a reward for their hard work, these students could choose one free floor ticket or two free general admission tickets.

Sophomore food science and nutrition major Haley Craven volunteered and received two free tickets, one of which she gave to a friend.

“It was easy work, and it was definitely worth the free tickets,” Craven said. “I probably wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t been able to get in free though. The money just isn’t there, and I think this could probably be true for a lot of students.”

“Seeing the finished product of all the hard work that the ASAP staff and volunteers have put into, this is so rewarding,” Penland added.

Staff writer Anna Baldwin can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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