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May 16, 2006

Spring Shindig postponed

by Mary Donahue, Online Managing Features Editor
The Spring Shindig, a concert originally to be held in the SAC for Blair bands to perform in, was postponed until June because organizers of the event were not able to schedule a place to hold the event.

Initially planned for May 12, the Spring Shindig was postponed after the Blazer Bash, a dance sponsored by the SGA, moved to May 12. Junior Nicholas Lukehart, who organized the concert, and faculty advisor Lansing Freeman tried to move the concert to May 19, but were unable to do so because of "shifting availability dates and administrative difficulty," Freeman said.

According to Carrie Addison, a secretary in the Main Office and coordinator of building use, there was confusion due to lack of communication and failure to fill out the proper paperwork. "This is the first I've ever heard of it," Addison said, although Lukehart claims to have gone three times personally to ask for an available date, but Lukehart also admits poor communication was involved. He also did not want to publicize the concert extensively until he got concrete confirmation for May 19.

The Blazer Bash, which was originally scheduled for April 21, was moved to May 12 because of slow ticket sales, according to junior class president Kenny Coleman. "To my knowledge the Spring Shindig was unofficially scheduled, so we scheduled the dance for that day," Coleman said.

The concert, which would have been sponsored by the Young Democrats, was to feature nine performances by Blair bands and students. "I think the school has priorities that aren't necessarily in accordance to the students," said junior Colin Forhan, guitarist for the band Ninjas Against the Ebola Virus that was scheduled to perform. "I feel that a concert event should have taken priority over a DJed dance since it features actual Blair students."

Lukehart, who coordinated the SGR Spectacular and the Rock for Change concert, wanted to organize a spring concert since the other two were so successful. "It was just going to be for kids to come out and have a good time," said Lukehart.

Lukehart plans to hold the concert in the basement of a friend's house at the beginning of June to help raise money for Mairi Rothman's trip to El Salvador.

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  • ugh on May 18, 2006 at 3:02 PM
    people will pay for rothman's trip to el salvador? why can't she pay herself? and why doesn't the money go to a cause and not some random thing like this? pay your own way!
  • cancelled act member on May 18, 2006 at 10:26 PM
    it really is terrible that they make musical events lower on their list of priorities than other events. musical events are the best way for students to express themselves.

    Great article =)
  • X3insevendays on May 19, 2006 at 10:35 AM
    Great article, this is a really interesting subject because many SGA events are falling through as well as other school events. I'm glad that SCO got it up before the time it was suposed to be.

    Very informative w/ good reporting.
  • Eric Hysen on May 19, 2006 at 10:56 PM
    It really doesn't seem like the school was giving priority to one event over another. The concert organizers didn't formally reserve the date for the event, so when the dance organizers were looking for a new date for their event they didn't know about the concert, and saw no reasons not to take the 12th. I've had this same type of thing happen to me plenty of times trying to schedule SGA assemblies and other events - there's no way it's bias towards any specific group.
  • Kenny Coleman on May 22, 2006 at 10:35 AM
    On the topic of a the concert "having priority," the administration didn't pick between the two events, the Shindig wasn't scheduled properly, and the Blazer Bash was, so they picked the one they saw first. Also, the Blazer Bash featured 4 or 5 Blair groups performing, so it does "feature actual Blair students."

    I do feel bad for the Spring Shindig, though, and I hope it happens this year, and in many years to come.
  • shindig supporter on May 23, 2006 at 11:07 AM
    uh SGA people, do you not recall the week of ads for the shindig that appeared on infoflow? just ignored those, i suppose?
  • dude on May 24, 2006 at 12:47 PM "ugh", mairi rothmans trip to el salvador is not a "pleasure" trip, it is a trip for the washington ethical the conert would be a benefit concert for a good cause. please dont speak until you know what you're talking about.
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