‘U’ students deserve to have concerts as good as State’s

To the Daily:

I love the people who use the Letters to the Editor section to complain about stuff that has no relevance to – well, anyone. Liberal this, conservative that – who cares? It’s once again time to bring something to everyone’s attention that actually matters. The other day, my friend Nick brought something to my attention. He wondered why the University never hosts any big-time celebrities or concerts. I have been here for three years, and all I can remember is Dave Chappelle coming here once. Something is missing, alright.

Recently, I watched Jay Leno mention that he was going to Michigan State University to celebrate its 150th anniversary. I thought that was pretty cool, so I decided to do some research to see how unfortunate our school really is. Coming up at the Breslin Center are Ludacris and Ciara on Oct. 20 and Kanye West on Nov 11. Interesting. Who is performing at Crisler Arena coming up? I don’t know either.

Even Big and Rich is coming to State on March 30. I mean, I don’t like country music, but I’m sure someone at this school wants to go hear “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” Let’s not forget three years ago when “8 Mile” premiered: After showing the movie at the Breslin, Eminem came out and gave a free surprise concert.

What does State have that we don’t have? Or better yet, who at this university is dropping the ball and not booking concerts? Let’s look at seating capacity: Breslin Center, 15,085, Crisler Arena, 13,751. Not much of a difference. We all go to a school that can fill a 107,501-seat stadium for a football game against Northern Illinois. No offense, Huskies, but you’d think we could sell out Crisler for a Kanye West concert. I would love to know why we don’t have concerts here: Athletic Department, Michigan Student Assembly, Office of New Student Programs, who knows anymore?

Kevin Orr

LSA senior


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