Opinion: Annual concerts would increase income


Citrus College should hold annual concerts to provide entertainment for students.

Citrus has gone without concerts for too long and students deserve to attend at least one concert a year like Universities of California and California State colleges. Students do not get to live the full college experience because of this lack of entertainment.

Students simply go to class and go home and it feels like a ghost town when walking to class.

Imagine our school having an event so big that everyone in the area would want to be at Citrus for it. This would generate a lot of profit and provide professional experience for students.

I think that students would not mind paying for expensive if they could also be entertained while at school.

During the semester students can be stressed with exams, midterms and tests, a concert would give students something to keep their minds off of school for a little while.

Citrus has a huge recording studio that can support and provide for plenty of artists. We have the biggest performing arts program out of all the community colleges on the west coast and we should use it.

University of Riverside has an Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) that is 100 percent run by students and is funded by the undergrads at UCR. ASPB has 14 full-time students that are in charge of concerts, films, lectures, special events, contemporary culture, marketing and leadership.

The Associated Students Citrus College executive board could set up something similar.

Last year at Cal State San Bernardino they had a free concert for students and guests with an appearance by the popular Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy. Before Dom took the stage there were other stars, artist and guests that opened up for him and kept the crowded involved.

UCR holds three huge concerts called Heat, Spring Splash and Block party just for the students that attend UCR. UCR also hosted some big time artist like Sage the Gemini, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Chance the Rapper, Kid Ink, Childish Gambino and Tyga.

Undergrads at UCR pay these artists through tuition fees and make the budgets for the concert before the school year starts. The three biggest concerts are what attract the big names but every week they even have small performers that are willing to perform just for exposure.

Citrus has a huge recording studio that can support and provide for plenty of artists. We have the biggest performing arts program out of all the community colleges on the west coast and we should use it.

These concerts could be held on Saturday nights and at the Haugh Performing Arts Center so it does not disrupt the community.

One headline a show at an affordable ticket price would not only turn a profit for Citrus but also make the campus a fun place to be.

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