Blackford shoots down concert proposal

The All American Rejects lived up to their name at Monday’s Campus Activities Board meeting.

An event proposed by concert chairperson Matt Hite, which would have brought All American Rejects, So Far Gone and The Sound and the Fury, was approved unanimously by the 17 people in attendance, but amid concerns from Julie Blackford, director of student activities, the idea was postponed and finally canceled.

“I’m just worried that an event like this won’t appeal to many students,” Blackford said.

Many factors contributed to the dropping of the idea, including cost, which was around $3,500, along with booking difficulties and the availability of Taylor Auditorium.

In other business, the Wesley Foundation approached the CAB for money to help with a concert and coffee house night slated for March 7.

Representatives from the Wesley Foundation had collected more than 100 signatures from students who were in favor of or would attend the event. However, the problem of location came up again.

“I’m hesitant to spend the money for an off-campus event,” Blackford said. “I don’t want to set the precedent of spending student money off campus.”

Hite also stated that before seeing CAB spend money on the event, he would like to at least hear some of the music.

Three separate events have been confirmed for the upcoming semester, and a new movie projector was ordered so the Board can sponsor more movie nights.

A comedian was decided upon for the Safe Spring Break Bash on March 4. Billy Burr was selected. The comedian has made appearances on the “Tonight Show,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” He will also be featured Friday on a Comedy Central special.

For March 5, Malik from “The Real World,” MTV’s reality series, will be coming to speak on diversity and his experiences on the show.

The existence of God debate has been confirmed for April 21.

The next CAB meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday in the Billingsly Student Center second floor lounge. The meeting is open to all students.