TURLOCK -- After a concert in 2006-07 that wrapped up the school year rather than celebrating students' return, students at Stanislaus State will see a true welcome back event this month.
As school started Wednesday at California State University, Stanislaus, crowds of students were purchasing tickets for the Warriors' Welcome Back Concert on Sept. 22. Rocker bands Plain White T's, Head Automatica and Jupiter is Useless will entertain students in the Pergola Meadows grass area by the university's dorms.
About 1,000 students can grab free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is $20. Organizers expect 1,500 to 2,000 people to greet the bands.
Last year's performance was put on hold after pressure from law enforcement officials, who were apprehensive about a concert bringing hyphy bands to campus shortly after a melee in downtown Modesto that police said was related to hyphy activity.
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Hyphy is a youth-oriented music style that has its own dance, slang, fashion and car culture.
Police wanted restrictions on the concert, organized by Associated Students Inc., the university's student body government. After months of negotiations, ASI held the event in the spring. E-40, an originator of the hyphy movement, and rock band Papa Roach were replaced with Keak da Sneak, San Quinn and Federation, hyphy acts from the Bay Area. The concert went smoothly.
"Especially after last year's incident, we wanted to be able to follow up and keep our promise" about offering the entertainment in the fall, said Andrew Janz, ASI president.
ASI leaders fought to have fewer restrictions on this year's welcome back celebration than there were on the spring event. Police pushed for the April event to be indoors, it was open only to students and ASI could not advertise it. This time, the concert will be outside, anyone can purchase tickets and ASI has been advertising outside the campus.
About 350 students participated in an ASI survey to determine which bands to bring to campus.
The cancellation and rebooking of shows for last year's event cost ASI about $30,000. This year, the group hopes to break even or try to replace some of that lost revenue. This year's concert will come in at $72,000. Of that, $40,000 is for the three bands with the rest going to security, fencing, insurance and restrooms. Funding comes from student fees.
"The student body wonders how their money is being spent by the Associated Students," Janz said. "We wanted to show we can provide them with a fun, safe event so they can physically see where their money is going."
Students agreed to an increase in the fees paid to ASI several years ago, but wanted to see an annual concert in exchange, Janz said.
Tickets can be purchased on campus, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., at the campus information desk and online at www.ticketweb.com.
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