Editorial: Charging Students to Attend McCartney’s Concert Wasn’t Necessary

Each year, students pay approximately $9 per credit hour in tuition, which supports university operations and student activities. In return, students can attend sporting events, fine arts performances, and other campus activities for free.

However, that was not originally the case for Thursday’s Jesse McCartney concert, which the Campus Activities Board is sponsoring, in partnership with The Egyptian Theatre.

There was no need to charge students to attend an event made possible by their tuition.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Student Government Association allocated $96,000 in tuition to the Campus Activities Council, of which approximately $31,000 was used to pay students on the CAB Board of Trustees, a said Meg Junk, student affairs staff manager.

Before officially choosing McCartney, Jenn Manning, executive director of the Holmes Student Center, said the selection process to choose the interpreter was based on a limited group of students working during the summer, as well as other members. building student staff.

Junk said CAB paid $20,000 as part of the concert, meaning CAB spent nearly 31% of the remaining annual budget on McCartney’s concert.

To offset some of the costs, CAB hoped to sell 500 tickets to students at a reduced price of $15.

Manning said the ticket price was chosen based on that of a previous concert.

Whatever the price, it seems unfair to charge students to attend an event they’ve already paid for, especially when the price of a ticket is $4 more than most students earn at time.

“It’s very common for almost everything to be free until you have to pay that much money for a gig and then you try to make it up a bit,” Junk said.

Having sold only 50 tickets just weeks before the concert, the Student Affairs Division announced that tickets for the Jesse McCartney concert would now be free for students.

Manning said that less than a week after tickets became free for students, students claimed more than 200.

Interest in the concert only peaked after tickets were free, so it seems the lack of interest is not the cause of the poor ticket sales, but possibly the pricing itself. .

“Looking back, I think giving it away for free is just as good,” Manning said. “I mean, it’s better for the students, obviously, and it probably would have been easier to distribute the tickets to the students.”

Manning said the ultimate goal is to provide a variety of events for all students and make it easier for them to attend those events, but learn and grow by understanding what works best for students.

This event was made possible with student money, so it’s only fair that all students have the opportunity to attend the concert, regardless of their financial situation.