Associated Students makes plans for supersized 2006 Big Show

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The executive director of Associated Students Student Productions and Campus Entertainment provided information to A.S. senators Tuesday regarding plans for Big Show 6 and reminded senators of an action item that will be voted on at the final meeting of the semester Dec. 6.

The action item will be a request by SPACE asking for $60,000 from the organization’s unallocated reserves account to use as partial funding for Big Show 6, an annual concert that includes musical performances from various artists.

SPACE is responsible for planning, organizing and receiving funds for Big Show 6, and students are likely to have high expectations, as last year’s allocation was $70,000.

“We believe Big Show 6 will cost in the range of $120,000,” said Yolie Anguiano, executive director of A.S. SPACE.

Big-name headliners demand $50,000-plus to perform, and SPACE needs to have enough money on hand to solicit performers, Anguiano said.

“We want to make offers to the artists as soon as possible so we can construct the show around them,” Anguiano said.

Last year’s Big Show 5 was restricted to persons with CSUN ID, and each individual was allowed only one guest.

This restriction was a condition set by the band Jimmy Eat World, as it had an upcoming show scheduled at another Southern California venue and did not want to detract from potential sales as a result of the free Big Show concert, Anguiano said.

This year, organizers hope to avoid such restrictions, as they want students to be able to bring their family and friends to the show, Anguiano said.

Big Show 6 is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2006, to avoid conflicting with Mother’s Day, which happened last year.

For Big Show 6, plans are aimed at creating more of a festival-type atmosphere with hope that student clubs and organizations will attend, Anguiano said.

Ideas have been proposed to set up two different stages, one for the major headliner and another for other bands, possibly local bands who might want to perform. Yet another idea includes having a half pipe to cater to people who want to use it, she said.

A general survey regarding Big Show 6 is provided for students on the main University Student Union website. Students can also visit the A.S. office in the USU and fill out a survey to be submitted to SPACE organizers.

In order to supplement the expected allocation from the A.S. unallocated reserves account, SPACE organizers will seek corporate sponsorships and will ask local businesses along Reseda Boulevard to contribute as well, according to Anguiano.

In turn, businesses and corporations that contribute will be featured on marketing materials for the event, including flyers, T-shirts and banners.

In addition to hearing from Anguiano, the A.S. Senate approved a proposal form Bryanne Knight, director of finance, to amend the 2005-06 budget language pertaining to allocation of funding for interpreting services.

Interpreting services, coordinated by the National Center On Deafness, is provided upon request by deaf or hard-of-hearing students for attendance at A.S. meetings and sponsored programs.

Funds may also be requested for student club or organization programs that are fundable by A.S., on campus and free of charge to students and open to the general student body. In 2005-06, clubs and organizations in need of such funds can receive A.S. fee support up to $350 in a given year.

The approved amendment to the budget language will allow requests for these services to be approved by the director of finance or the assistant director of finance or the general manager, David Crandall. Previously, the approval had to come from a majority vote by the senate. The new method will allow last minute requests for interpreting services to be handled more efficiently, Knight said.

In announcements to the senate at the conclusion of the meeting, A.S. President Chad Charton informed senators that the executive cabinet is exploring means with which to bring more individuals to the senate to increase representation.

Charton was unsure of the specifics of the plans, but said the he hopes to have some sort of marketing-based campaign to promote the available leadership opportunities ready for the beginning of the spring 2006 semester.

Michael Salseda can be reached at michael.salseda@gmail.com.