The Central Lakes College student senate has turned to a New York City-based pop singer to mute on-campus criticism over its use of student activity fees.
Senate members hope the Monday appearance by Bari Koral, a rising acoustic-pop star, also will help "build school spirit" among the students, a senate spokesman said in an interview this week.
A club singer, Koral is touring several Midwestern colleges to build her audience and promote her two albums, according to the singer's Nashville-based booking agent.
If you go
Who: Bari Koral
What: Acoustic-pop singer
Where: Central Lakes
College cafeteria, Brainerd
When: 11:30 a.m. Monday
"Her style is basically acoustic pop-folk similar to the music of Anita Franco," the agent said this week. "It's positive music, the stuff that almost any audience from age 12 to 60 likes."
The agent's pitch appealed to CLC senate members charged with managing a portion of the student activity fees, a mandatory payment of $5 per credit hour each semester.
The fee entitles students to attend on-campus events, such as athletic contests, cultural programs and musical events.
But in recent years students have complained that "not enough activities were scheduled" each semester, said Ken Swecker, director of special projects, one of five who sit on the senate's executive board. The senate includes 11 other student representatives.
"We have offered very few programs in the past, and, in fact, have had money left over each year (from student fees) that has gone back into the student life budget," Swecker said.
The senate determined earlier this semester to "spend the activity fee in a meaningful way," which meant booking more entertainment or culturally significant events, Swecker said.
Easily Amused, an acoustic group from Winnipeg, appeared on campus earlier this semester, and Koral's appearance will mark the second event in the new strategy, he added.
A solo performer, Koral will play to the lunchtime crowd in the student cafeteria on the Brainerd campus, starting at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.
"We want our students to look at the senate and say we are doing a good job for them," Swecker said.
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