Campus / News / September 16, 2009

Union Board anticipates an exciting year

Orientation week hardly marks the end of Union Board events this fall. Even after a week full of comedians, movies, and the astounding success of the Big Red Chair following Pumphandle, students can still look forward to many more campus events this year sponsored by Union Board.

“We’re going to keep trying to have something every week,” said Student Life Coordinator Jenn Snider.

The mechanics of Union Board are a bit different this year. Student members of the board will review the acts that agencies suggest using general campus input as a framework for the types of performers students are anxious to see. Students will be surveyed and the collected information gathered used to derive a general picture of campus interests.

In an attempt to give students more on-campus entertainment options, Union Board plans to decrease its participation in co-sponsored events.

Students will be able to preview acts before they come to campus this year via the use of new plastic cards furnished by the agency from which Union Board draws most of its talents. The card features a code which, when entered on the Auburn Moon Agency web page, will allow access to exclusive multimedia clips of upcoming performers. The cards will be distributed to campus mailboxes this term.

This year, singer/songwriters and slam poets will perform exclusively in Post Lobby. The smaller venue facilitates a more appropriate intimacy between these sorts of acts and their audiences than Kresge or Harbach, Snider said.

Off-campus excursions will be planned throughout the term and Snider urges students to watch their e-mail inboxes for upcoming trips. She hopes to visit Six Flags Great America in October to attend their annual Fright Fest.

In the future, Snider would like to sponsor trivia nights in the Hard Knox Café. Students would form teams and compete for a prize. Also on the horizon, Frank Warren, creator of the blog and book series PostSecret, in which anonymous confessions are submitted in the form of postcard-sized art pieces, will appear in early February.

As for Flunk Day, Snider revealed only that she’d like to feature both an Abraham Lincoln and a Stephen A. Douglas impersonator this year.

“The Elvis we had two years ago also plays Stephen Douglas at the Lincoln Museum,” said Snider. “But honestly, we haven’t even started to plan Flunk Day yet.”

Friday, September 18

1000 Generations

A piano-driven worship band whose major influences include Billy Joel and Coldplay.

7:00pm, Kresge

Wednesday, September 23

Comedian Pete Lee

A semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and a regular on the Bob and Tom radio show, Pete Lee recently recorded his own Comedy Central Presents Special.

7:30pm, Kresge

Thursday, October 1

Chapter Six

This renowned men’s a cappella group got their start at Millikin University.

8:00pm, Kresge

Wednesday, October 7

Comedian Ronnie Jordan

A young comedian who served as an opening act on the Queens of Comedy twelve city tour.

7:30pm, Kresge

Tuesday, October 13

Slam Poet Jon Goode

An Atlanta-based slam poet who has made appearances on Nickelodeon, CNN’s “Black in America,” and HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.”

7:30pm, Post Lobby

Wednesday, October 21

Singer Jason LeVasseur

An acoustic rock singer/songwriter out of Nashville, Tennessee.

7:30pm, Post Lobby

Saturday, October 24

The ShowOFF Show

Comic duo Evan Young and Jonathon Burns offer an interactive show complete with circus style stunts, comedy, and pranks.

8:00pm, Kresge

Wednesday, November 4

Comedian Pete Holmes

Returning to Knox for the second time, Pete Holmes has appeared on VH1 and His comics have also appeared in The New Yorker.

7:30pm, Kresge

Tuesday, November 10

Slam Poets Carlos Robson and Gabriella Garcia Medina

Carlos Robson represented Charlotte in the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam, and again in 2007. Gabriella Garcia Medina is an awarding-winning poet recently featured in a Dove commercial.

7:30pm, Post Lobby

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