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U of M students Lend a Hand to Hear the Band tonight at Northrop

Ten hours of community service for ticket to rock concert

Contacts: Tricia Woellert, MSA Campus Relations, (262) 374-1363
Patty Mattern, University News Service, (612) 624-2801

April 11, 2007

Doing volunteer work has its own rewards, but University of Minnesota students received an extra perk when they volunteered their time around the Twin Cities -- a ticket to a concert with headliner Guster tonight at the U of M .

The university’s student government the Minnesota Student Association (MSA) is proud to present Lend a Hand Hear the Band, a new yearly concert where students will receive a free concert ticket after completing 10 hours of community service.

Guster, The Format and local band Roster McCabe will perform Wednesday, April 11 at Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. The concert is for students who have volunteered their time. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first band going on at 7 p.m. and Guster taking the stage at 9 p.m.

During the last two months, students have volunteered at MSA-suggested events to receive the tickets or they had to submit the hours of volunteer service they currently perform. Students have participated in opportunities including working at a food shelf, reading to children or cleaning at community centers. Students are able to receive two tickets for more than 20 hours of community service. Although students may give their second ticket to a non-student, this concert is not open to the public and tickets will not be sold. More than 25,000 hours of community service will be represented at the concert.

“This new effort is aimed at building campus community, bettering relationships between students and permanent residents in the neighborhoods near the university. It also changes how students think about volunteering," said Max Page, president of MSA. "We have been overwhelmed by the number of students who want to help their community."

MSA’s Lend a Hand Hear the Band event puts a spotlight on the importance of student community involvement.

"One of the cornerstones of higher education is helping students develop a life-long desire to be involved and engaged in their community," said University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks. "I’m grateful to MSA for their leadership in generating this outstanding display of student volunteerism."

Concert part of bigger national tour

Guster's tour presents its first annual “Campus Consciousness Tour,” which was started in 2006 as a project of their environmental non-profit, Reverb. The Campus Consciousness Tour's aim is to educate, inspire and activate students, and above all leave a positive impact on each community and college/university that the tour reaches.

The Campus Consciousness Tour concert schedule on Thursday, April 11 is as follows:

• 2:30 p.m. Town Hall Forum, Lind Hall Room 305. All attendees get entered to win free tickets and a meet and greet with the band for that night's show. After the forum students can come to just outside Northrop Auditorium for “Pimp My Clean Ride” where they learn about alternative transportation and check out the bio-diesel tour bus.

• Noon to 6 p.m. Shift Shout Out Video Contest, outside Northrop Auditorium. Students can win cash prizes for themselves and their favorite charity.

Students are asked to participate in a a food drive. The person who brings the most canned goods to the show will win a meet and greet with the band.

Before the concert, students can visit the Shift Consciousness Pavilion at Northrop to learn about all things environmental and win cool stuff.

Tags: Student Related Affairs

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