Campus entertainment takes center stage

Olivia Barfield

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SGA unveiled a ‘new stage’ of entertainment Thursday night  in the grove that students and the surrounding commuinty can use.

“The SGA Senate is very excited to see this project come to fruition,” said Laura Jennings, SGA adviser. “This opens up the Grove as a viable place for non-tailgating events.”

A project of SGA, the stage is meant to widen the uses of the Grove, an area mainly used for tailgating before games.

The stage will take on the role of temporary stages that must be set up and taken down with every use. These stages suffer damage from the outdoor use, which they aren’t intended for.

The new wooden stage is about 30 feet and features electric lights.

The stage has already been used for a step show, tailgating entertainment and presenting homecoming court. There are plans for a battle of the bands in the near future.

Students that attended the That 70’s Step Show Thursday appreciated the stage.

“Our friends are performing and they said that last year the stage sucked, so this is really awesome. I feel like I’m at a concert,” said Caitlyn Mills, a sophomore construction management major.

The stage, which is currently painted plain white, was criticized for its looks by some.

“It’s kind of plain. They could use some banners to add some color,” said Mia Piazza, a sophomore health studies major.

SGA plans to have sponsors put banners on the stage. The sponsors will help pay for the stage and for tailgating entertainment.

Some students weren’t sure of what they wanted to see, but they were excited about the possibilities nonetheless.

“I want to see something that’s off the wall. A festival or something like that,” said Shawnderrick Scott, a freshman social work major.