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Spring 2016 Preview

By Tsivia Chonoles
On January 26, 2016

Prepare yourselves, Concord students, for a semester full of activities planned especially for you by the Student Activities Committee (SAC). This semester there will be a wealth of activities and events available for students to attend. An interview with Andrew Sulgit, head of the SAC, provided the following details. 

After last night’s Blacklight Bingo, students should also expect the return of Casino Night sometime this semester, which was, according to  Sulgit, “a huge hit last semester.” In April, students will once again be able to attend the Blues, Brews, and Barbeque event featuring “some of the best regional blues acts,” as well as a performance by familiar band International Incident. 

Some events that, as of yet, do not have any definite dates include an advanced screening of the newest addition to the Star Wars movie franchise, The Force Awakens; a Snowtubing trip to Winterplace Ski Resort; a visit from Snakes Alive, the interactive reptile experience that has visited Concord before; and a visit from the popular comedian and political commentator from Pittsburgh, Ron Placone, which was especially planned for this semester due to upcoming Presidential elections. 

 Sulgit said that due to budget cuts, events have become more cost conscientious, meaning that there will be some events that may happen at the last minute or with little advanced notice, but they are still “always trying to improve”. Some events that are not yet set in stone that he hopes to see reach fruition include a show by the West Virginian Indie Rock band Ona, who have performed at the Mountain Stage in Charleston; a metal show featuring several regional metal bands; the Fourth Annual Lebowski Fest; and a possible night out program to the IMAX theater in Blacksburg. 

One event that Sulgit brought up was a plan for one of the snow days this semester. There is a hope to turn this into “an event that will offer food, drinks, music, and lights to complement the [usual] sled-riding in the Valley.” Sulgit is also hopeful to see the return of the Spring Fling this semester, although as of now there is no definite lineup or plan. Also being planned are Zumba lessons, led by Katelyn Drake. 

Sulgit did make sure to note that although students should not expect a big show along the lines of the Beatles tribute band that performed two years ago, he does “hope before the year is out to do a big show”, possibly in the fall. Also provided were the official dates for Greek Week, which will be happening from April 17th through April 22nd, with the only definite event for now being Greek Sing on the 22nd. 

“SAC events are always an involving thing and we very much welcome student input and ideas,” Sulgit said, “my door is always open for student ideas; things that they would like to see on campus”. He revealed that the Talent Sphere competition which was held at Concord for the second time last semester was in fact brought to him by students. So for anyone wishing to see something happen here on campus, Andrew Sulgit can be found in room 203 in the Student Center near the Welcome Center desk. 

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