On April 3, 2017, Radford University hosted a Lil Uzi Vert concert at the Dedmon Center. Students were excited for the event and tickets were sold out the day of the concert. Doors opened at 7 p.m. and the show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. To start off, Radford provided a DJ, then Lil Uzi had a DJ as his opener. However, when 8 o’clock rolled around, the headliner was missing. Students in the crowd quickly became annoyed and restless when minutes passed and still no Uzi was on stage. They had been listening to the DJs for the past hour and were ready to see the main performer. But for about another two and a half hours, the crowd was kept waiting. Lil Uzi did eventually arrive, but it was hours late and his performance only lasted for about 30 minutes. As expected, concertgoers were confused, annoyed and even angry. “Of the three and a half hours of being there, Uzi was there for 30 minutes,” commented one student on the event’s Facebook page. Another commented, “It was a waste of money.”
Tickets for the concert were $32 for the general public and $20 for students with their Radford ID, so the audience’s frustration is understandable. If you pay that much money for a ticket, you expect to get what you pay for, for the performer to arrive on time and to perform for the expected amount of time, and to have an enjoyable concert experience. Some students have even asked for a refund. As of now, there is no word on whether Radford will provide refunds.
R-Space President Vashti Huff said about the concert, “From our [R-Space’s] standpoint it was successful, because we made revenue, but if I was a person who attended the event, I would be thoroughly mad, because it was the performance we promised, but it wasn’t to our expectations.” She added, “We did the best with what we had and with the cards we were dealt,” referring to Radford and Uzi’s DJs who performed while the crowd was waiting.
On Friday, March 24th, R-Space’s Late Night director Richard Delehanty worked with an organization to provide the student body with a night of casino games. By showing your I.D. at the door, you received $1,000 playing money and one raffle ticket per hour. An estimated 140 students participated and had nothing but positive feedback to give about the event.
Many students had no experience with Casino games, but employees working the tables were happy to give instructions. The games included Blackjack, Hold ‘Em Poker, Deluxe Roulette, Craps, Casino War, and a Money Wheel.
R-space provided free food and even a photo booth with props. Every hour, students were given one raffle ticket to win designated prizes located on the Bonnie stage. Prizes included a Home stereo system, Bluetooth speaker and charging dock, Blue-Ray/DVD player, several portable phone chargers, a skateboard, and a bike. The event was a success to all students who attended.
Beginning in the Bonnie at 9 p.m, R-SPACE’s Late Night coordinator Richard Delehanty will be hosting a Casino Night. The event will run from 9 p.m-12 a.m. Throughout the night, there is a wide variety of classic casino games like Blackjack, Roulette, Dice Games, Slots, Baccarat, and Poker.
Every hour, there will be a chance to enter a free raffle to win an assortment of prizes. The winner will be announced at the end of the event, so stay to claim your prize. You can enter one ticket for every hour that you attend.
Free food and drinks will be provided most of the night. Bring your Radford ID to gain admission to a fun-filled night of games, free stuff, and food.
R-SPACE’s event, held Friday, February 5, featured three escape rooms and a magician.
Around 250 students appeared at the event. The spots for the escape room, which held room for 10 students every 10 minutes, were filled within 15 minutes of the event. R-SPACE’s late-night coordinator Richard Delehanty recalls, “Some students waited an hour before the event, simply to get a spot in the escape rooms.”
The magician, Brian Miller, pulled in a crowd of 130 students. Both his magic and musical performance gained unwavering attention from all who watched. Some students remember not wanting to leave their seats to journey upstairs to the escape rooms.
Following the musical-magician show, the students who weren’t participating in the escape rooms played bingo. Six prizes—headphones, a Bluetooth speaker, a Keurig, a longboard, a portable DVD player, and a printer—were given away to the round winner.
R-SPACE has two more late-night events planned this semester: a casino night and an end-of-the-year bash. Show up, eat food, and win stuff!
R-Space’s own Richard Delehanty has an exciting event planned for the Radford student body. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 2, escape rooms will be located upstairs in the Bonnie. With eight people allowed per room, bring your friends and go through the challenge as a team. The three options range from deadly viruses to two bomb-themed rooms. Both picks are well-designed and exhilarating. They give you the opportunity to impress your friends by solving clues, working together, and escaping the areas. Complete the obstacles in the fastest time and everyone in your team will receive a sweet prize. Following your escape, join Comedy Magician Brian Miller downstairs from 9-10:30, eat free food, and visit the Radford event tables. Stay behind for bingo and try your hand at winning prizes. Some—but not all—are a long board and a Keurig.
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