The Shippensburg University Activities Program Board (APB) recently announced its annual concert through social media updates and drawings on sidewalks around campus.
Rumors had been spreading across campus that the annual fall concert had been canceled because of a lack of funds in APB’s budget.
APB concert coordinator Chase Fisher put those rumors to rest.
“We’re not out of money,” he said.
Fisher explained that the lack of a fall concert this year was because of APB’s busy fall semester schedule.
“There’s so much that APB does. [We did] parents and family weekend, homecoming, along with all of our other smaller scheduled events and trips. It’s a lot.”
APB has seen an increase in student participation in both on-campus and off-campus activities. Fisher reported that more than 600 people attended the private, after-hours, SU-only event held at Target in Chambersburg.
Fisher said the fall semester typically has more activities than the spring semester, but this year APB decided to change that.
“We get to the spring semester and there’s nothing to do. So we thought ‘Why not move the concert?’ and we did,” he said.
The concert is set for Feb. 2, 2019.
The date is not the only aspect of APB’s concert to change. Students can expect major changes to the entire “Xperience.”
“The Concert Xperience, Powered by APB” has appeared on sidewalks across campus and APB social media accounts, creating student interest.
APB is excited to hold this year’s concert in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.
“There are various positive aspects of using Luhr’s instead of Heiges Field House,” Fisher said. “We won’t have to spend extra money building the stage and transforming Heiges into a concert venue.”
With a new date and venue, APB also decided to completely rebrand the annual APB concert.
“We’re trying to change the entire concert experience. There will be a complete change in the atmosphere at Luhrs. There will be decorations and activities in addition to the concert. Students won’t recognize the theater,” Fisher said.
For now, the artist’s identity will remain a mystery, but students are encouraged to follow @shipapb on social media, where the artist announcement will be made soon.
When asked who the artist was, Fisher could only say one thing.
“I think a lot of people will be really excited.”