By Sarah Carlson, Student Reporter
On a recent Students’ Association survey, students had a chance to give their opinions and choose bands they would be willing to pay $20 to $25 to see perform at ACU.
A campus concert survey, distributed by members of SA’s campus entertainment committee, was available in the Campus Center two weeks ago.
The survey contained a list of 20 bands, from which students could circle as many as they wanted.
“The primary reason for the survey was to confirm ideas,” said Keith Clark, sophomore Bible major from Jackson, Tenn., and co-chair of the committee. “We were making sure that there was enough interest among the students to bring bands to ACU.”
Clark said approximately 437 students filled out the survey, but the results are being kept secret and are not intended to be released to the public.
Groups like Outkast, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Fuel, Destiny’s Child and Everclear graced the list, but some students are doubtful of the probability that ACU could get these artists to come to Abilene to perform or even if the artists would be allowed to perform on campus.
“There are content issues,” said Jeremy Gordon, senior finance major from Dallas and vice president of SA. “Some bands are going to say and do things that we can’t have on the ACU campus. But we wanted to have a diverse variety of groups, and we did not want anyone on campus to feel that there was not a choice for them on the list.”
Gordon said he is pleased with the survey, and he said he knew before the survey was given that many of the bands on the list would never be an option to bring to the university..
“We had a variety of responses from different groups of people, and I am glad that we put those groups on there,” Gordon said.
Aaron Winn, freshman finance major from Spring, has mixed feelings about the survey.
“I like that they are doing a survey, but I would appreciate it more if I actually thought that they were going to take action based on the results of the survey,” Winn said.
Other students said that the results of the survey could have possibilities toward bands actually coming to campus.
Lexi Foster, freshman marketing major from Ulysses, Kan., said she “wasn’t thrilled” with the choices of bands that were included on the survey. Foster said she thinks it is possible to bring secular bands on campus.
“It might take some money and some convincing, but I’m pretty sure that they could do it,” Foster said.
Clark said he is optimistic about the survey and said “it would be feasible for some of the bands on the list to come to ACU.”
Gordon said the committee “will probably pick the group that scored the highest on the survey, has the best economical price and that has outstanding content.”
Gordon remarked that outstanding content constitutes as “something that I would want my momma to hear.”