Weather forces officials to end benefit concert early

By Susannah Waite, Associate Editor

A concert hosted on campus last night to kick off Homecoming ended early due to inclement weather.

The concert, “Up ’til Dawn,” ended at 12:30 a.m., 30 minutes early due to weather conditions.

“Some people left at midnight,” said Leah Diaz, vice president for Student Activities Council. “But we had a pretty good turn out for the entire night.”

Organizations gathered Oct. 21 on the Quad Lawn for the concert to listen to a 4-hour live concert while preparing letters for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

SGA’s goals were met for the event because turn out was high and the number of letters for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital exceeded last year’s, she said.

More than 11,000 letters were submitted, which exceeded last year’s numbers by 3,000, Diaz said.

“It really shows the participation we received,” she said.

Organizations participating in Homecoming sweepstakes will receive participation points based on attendance of the concert. Each student signed in their name and what organization they were with and were required to submit 35 letters individually. Letters were written to ask recipients to donate funding for medical research.

“I think students enjoyed having the music to listen to when they were there instead of just writing the letters,” Diaz said.

OCUpella, the campus a capella group, student John D. Neal and UCO student Kyle Earhart performed at the concert. Headlining the concert was a local band- The Skys.

About 500-600 students attended the event, but the exact number of students in attendance has not yet been tabulated, Diaz said.


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