By Kyra Smith-Cullen & Chris Gill
A&E Editor Staff Writer
April 18, 2013
Students hoping to get a free ticket to the spring concert found themselves unable to obtain one after all the tickets were gone just two weeks after being made available to students.
Country music proved to be a very popular genre after it was announced that Brantley Gilbert would be performing for the annual spring concert. Approximately two weeks after becoming available, all 2,200 tickets were given to students.
“They should have enough space for every student enrolled or we should be refunded,” said Anna Catherino, a junior majoring in psychology. “I found out that the tickets were gone through my roommate, who also didn’t get a ticket.”
“We have a limited number of tickets because there is a limit to how many people can be inside Thomas Fieldhouse before we exceed safety regulation,” said Zachary Davis, a senior who is majoring in business and is a student employee in the PUB.
According to data from the fall semester of 2012, LHU has 4,653 undergraduate students. The number of tickets available forces a ‘first come, first served’ policy that was stated in a school wide email from Linda Koch.
“Students don’t realize that there are limited tickets, but that information is not hidden,” Scott Daube, a senior majoring in outdoor recreation management and is working at the PUB.
Though this isn’t the first time that the annual spring concert has ‘sold out’, it is one of the fastest times it has done so. Typically, there is a short period before the event where members of the community can buy tickets to attend, but this year’s concert never reached that period.
“It’s ridiculous that there were not only enough tickets for the students, but for the public as well,” said Samantha Vangi, a sophomore majoring in bio chemistry. “I promised my brother that I would get him a ticket, but then I saw the sign saying they were out.”
However, some students have been giving away their tickets to others, either free or for profit. In some cases, students who are searching for a ticket to give to their non-student friends. The practice isn’t new to either the LHU campus or concerts done by celebrities, but it has led to some anger from students.
“The one thing that really makes me mad is that the students were selling their tickets personally instead of letting the university make money off of them,” said sophomore Kyle Losch, a dual major in business administration and accounting.
Chris Gill is a junior majoring in education and can contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org