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Editorial: Convo in need of changes

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 14, 2014

The Convocation Center must reevaluate how it organizes its events. Offering monthly shows on weekends, acts from a variety of genres and shuttle buses to and from events could increase student involvement and retention.Monthly weekend eventsMonthly music...

Make it rain

By Katie Lavelle | October 23, 2013

Beatles fans don’t need a time machine to listen to the band’s hit songs live. Fans will have a chance to see RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles 7:30 p.m. today at the Convocation Center.

RAIN plays an assortment of Beatles songs.

“I am a big Beatles fan, and I have all their music on my iPod,” said senior kinesiology major Jake Ackert. “I grew up listening to them with my parents. I think the concert will [have] a good turnout.”

The tribute band is changing its performance with a range of tracks it has never played before.

“RAIN adds even more hits ... the vast anthology of Beatles classics such as ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ ‘Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Come Together’ and ‘Hey Jude,’” according to

Down to their clothes, instruments and hair, members of RAIN provide their audience with a Beatles concert experience.

Some students are anticipating the connection they can make with the ’60s band.

“I like the idea of a Beatles tribute band,” said junior biology major Aaron Slaven. “It seems like a cool concert because they are really giving you the full effect of being at an actual Beatles concert.”

Crowds cheer durring Kid Cudis performance that attrracted a sold out venue at the Convocation Center March 31.

Convocation Center has fewer fall shows

By Deanna Frances | October 8, 2013

The Convocation Center will have only two big performances this semester: Sheryl Crow with Gary Allan and Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles.According to the Convocation Center events archive, from 2003 to 2011 there were at least three to five large performances...