As another term starts at Lawrence University, the whole campus is getting ready for another great calendar full of events for the students. Along with the long-awaited President’s Ball, there is a long list of arts and entertainment events this term including student and faculty recitals, art shows and special guest performers. Particularly, the newly vamped LU Live show will be happening this winter on Friday, Jan. 17, and it is sure to be a success.
Up until recently, the Student Organization for University Programming (SOUP) has been in charge of organizing LU Live. The show was a term-annual open mic for students to showcase their talents to the larger community, and especially to encourage performers who do not necessarily study in the conservatory. This term, WLFM, Lawrence’s student radio station, has joined with SOUP to collaborate on organizing the event. While SOUP will provide the funding for LU Live, WLFM is now taking charge of the performer recruitment and event promotion. WLFM co-president and senior Molly Reese said that WLFM is really excited to be working with SOUP and coordinating the event this term, hoping both to expand the event and make it more inclusive and accessible to a wider campus audience. Reese is also eager for the collaboration between WLFM and SOUP because it is the first time the two organizations have worked together on an event, opening the door to future collaborations in the coming terms. While both organizations are devoted to bringing all sorts of entertainment to campus, they each focus on different fields: WLFM in music and sound art and SOUP in everything else. The partnership has a lot of potential to make some new or updated programming events happen at Lawrence.
For those who are unfamiliar with LU Live, it is a campus event that gives students an opportunity to perform and compete against one another for prizes. On top of that, there is a chance for participants to win a spot performing at LU Zoo Days in the spring. In the past, LU Live has taken place once a term, but WLFM has been looking into getting more dates on the calendar. Although the upcoming event is slated to be held in the Mead Witter room in the Warch Campus Center, WLFM hopes to bring future events to their house at the end of Boldt Way, making the whole vibe a bit more comfy and intimate.
Lawrentians should clear their calendars for Jan. 17, and get a spot to watch and cheer on their friends. There are so many creative, talented forces of nature out there who are ready to perform for an audience. Make sure to come out and show your support for your local artists at Lawrence. The students set to perform include: senior Caro Granner with junior Moreau Halliburton; seniors Daniel Green, Matthew Wronski and Amos Eggleston; and junior Jacob Deck. If any readers want to become involved in organizing the events or participating in the student radio, feel free to email Molly Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org about any inquires.