October 13, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 2

Jack's Mannequin to Take NU Spotlight

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin

It's official. O.A.R. has turned the car around on NU and Jack's Mannequin will take the spotlight this semester.
O.A.R. unexpectedly pulled out of their NU date, forcing Niagara University Student Government Association to find a quick replacement. Jack's Mannequin, an indie/pop/rock band from Los Angeles, was chosen to headline NU's fall show.
I love Jack's Mannequin! I can't wait for them to come! They've got amazing vocals and amazing melodies. Everyone should go to see them, or they'd seriously be missing out! said junior communication's major Anna Hoffman.
Jack's Mannequin is fronted by singer, songwriter and keyboardist Andrew McMahon.
The concert will be held on Nov. 8 in the Kiernan Center at 8 p.m.
NUSGA Programming Director Kelliann Needham confirmed that students who have already purchased a ticket for O.A.R. will be able to use it for the Jack's Mannequin concert.
Senior communication studies major Rianne Farrugia already purchased a ticket from NUSGA to see O.A.R., I think I am going to keep my ticket and go. ¦ I think its not as good as O.A.R. because I am a bigger fan of them, but this is cool.
So why did O.A.R. cancel in the first place? They said it was a personal reason and they did not state what that was, said Needham. As far as we know, Edinboro University had to cancel their show and we were told that there would be other concerts cancelled as well.
This is the first time in the 11 years in which I have supported NUSGA that a show has cancelled after we have sold tickets, said Director of Campus Activities Mati Ortiz.  
I hope ¦ that the student body recognizes a situation like this is completely out of our control and that no one could have predicted nor done anything to change this outcome, so it shouldn't reflect poorly on anyone.
Indeed, Needham didn't see the cancellation coming. I was extremely disappointed, but there is nothing we could do, she said.
Is a $10 ticket to see O.A.R. a fair trade-off for a ticket of the same price to see Jack's Mannequin?
It is a worse option, because they decided to go with someone less well known than O.A.R., as well as they decided it without consulting the student body in some way shape or form, said junior biology major Steven Lewis, who said he has never heard of Jack's Mannequin.
A ticket to this concert wouldn't be worth as much as O.A.R. Just going off from the fact that Jack's Mannequin is less renowned decreases the value, he added.
Could NUSGA be looking to make profits from keeping ticket sales at $10 when they may actually be worth less?  
We have never made a profit on any of our concerts. Our goal is to provide tickets to the students at the lowest price we possibly can. So either way, we would never be charging the students more than we should be, said Needham.
Ortiz said NUSGA pays for the concerts, which in turn offers students the ability to pay next to nothing for a national act show.
Junior criminal justice major Mike Stoddard said, I believe more attention should be paid to the student body and who they would be interested in seeing, etc. Maybe for example, have a list of possible choices for appearances in the future and poll the student body to see which they are more opt to see or attend.
We recognize that there are many different musical tastes but it is impossible to find a concert that will appeal to all of the students, said Needham. She said NUSGA has discussed a different genre than what NU has had in the past for next semester's concert.
Needham said NUSGA has discussed giving out some form of survey for next semester's concert. I think it's a great idea because then we can get the student's input on who they want to see here at NU, she said.  
The concert will be in the Kiernan Center on Nov. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Students can get refunds for their previously purchased O.A.R. tickets in the Campus Activities Office from Oct 13 and Nov 3. For more information about ticket sales, visit NUSGA@niagara.edu. Information about Jack's Mannequin can be found at  http://www.myspace.com/jacksmannequin.

Could NUSGA be looking to make profits from keeping ticket sales at $10 when they may actually be worth less?  
We have never made a profit on any of our concerts. Our goal is to provide tickets to the students at the lowest price we possibly can. So either way, we would never be charging the students more than we should be, said Needham.
Ortiz said NUSGA pays for the concerts, which in turn offers students the ability to pay next to nothing for a national act show.
Junior criminal justice major Mike Stoddard said, I believe more attention should be paid to the student body and who they would be interested in seeing, etc. Maybe for example, have a list of possible choices for appearances in the future and poll the student body to see which they are more opt to see or attend.
We recognize that there are many different musical tastes, but it is impossible to find a concert that will appeal to all of the students, said Needham. She said NUSGA has discussed a different genre than what NU has had in the past for next semester's concert.
Needham said NUSGA has discussed giving out some form of survey for next semester's concert. I think it's a great idea because then we can get the student's input on who they want to see here at NU, she said.  
Students can get refunds for their previously purchased O.A.R. tickets in the Campus Activities Office from Oct 13 and Nov 3. For more information about ticket sales, visit NUSGA@niagara.edu. Information about Jack's Mannequin can be found at  http://www.myspace.com/jacksmannequin.

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