T-Pain, known for platinum-certified songs like “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” and “Bartender,” will be performing at the fall concert on Oct. 18, SUBOG announced via social media on Wednesday. This is the first time The Student Union Board of Governors is partnering with UConn Athletics for a combination of First Night and the fall concert.
Nick Lajara, a seventh-semester general studies major, was inspired in June of this year to start a radio show to give a voice to the unheard. This idea transformed into spotlighting guests ranging from students, friends and representatives for on-campus organizations every Thursday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on his radio show at WHUS.
With some unprompted audience interaction to complicate things, the Staten Island-native, actor and comedian struggled to find the appropriate line to walk between what University of Connecticut students found funny and what they found offensive during his performance at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.
By now, everyone on campus knows the fiasco that was UCONNIC this year, as Sean Kingston and Summer Walker, two of the three headliners of the music festival, did not perform. While Walker did not perform due to a last-minute weather-related cancellation, Kingston was cancelled by SUBOG due to his history with sexual assault. The cancellation came after several days of criticism and protests from students regarding the artist’s presence on campus, and the decision was announced last-minute, approximately 45 minutes before the event was slated to begin. Due to the last-minute nature of Kingston’s cancellation, SUBOG rightfully decided to refund every ticket sold to UCONNIC. However, with these costs, as well as the $44,000 owed to Sean Kingston and the $148,500 going to Lil Baby, the only UCONNIC headliner who performed, SUBOG has now lost nearly $200,000.
Sean Kingston’s UCONNIC Music Festival performance has been cancelled after controversy surrounding a 2010 gang-rape allegation against the Jamaican-American singer/songwriter, according to Student Union Board of Governors president Adam Sherif and current outreach chair and incoming concert chair Jacob Stockman.
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SUBOG is bringing actress, activist, model and college student Yara Shahidi to UConn during Winter Weekend to talk to students in correlation with the upcoming Metanoia: “Youth For Change.” During Shahidi’s last few years in high school, she became an incredibly involved in activist, especially regarding voter registration. Her initiative Eighteen x 18 was founded in response to Donald Trump’s election, with the goal of informing and registering teens to vote.