Craig Owens performs to a cafeteria full of students, courtesy of Student Activities Board. (Ben Dixon / MJ)

BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT, Editor-in-Chief

The Student Activities Board put on one of their largest music performances to date, starring Craig Owens.

Owens, who was known as lead singer of Chiodos, now travels solo with his band, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (DRUGS). On March 15, Owens played a solo acoustic show from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. on the University Center stage.

The performance was headed by Student Activities Board Promotions Director Sean Murphy. Murphy managed to obtain Owens’ manager’s email address, and after quite a few emails and phone calls with both Owens and his manager, Murphy was able to secure a date for the performance.

Murphy felt that Owens performing was a great experience not only for the Student Activities Board, but for the University as a whole.

“This type of event shows that the school is capable of putting on events that can attract a lot of people, even non-students,” Murphy said.

The show attracted a handful of outside viewers, which Murphy believes boosts the University’s appeal.

“It looks good on the students from the perspective of the performers but also looks good on the school itself for high school kids who are still looking to make a decision about what school to choose for college.

Student Activities Board had just over seventy confirmed guests on their Facebook event page and were very pleased with the turnout. Social networking played a key role in the advertising of the show. Murphy utilized not only Facebook, but Tumblr and Twitter, as well as fliers around campus.

“I think expectations were exceeded after we saw the turnout of both students and non-students. I believe the event was highly successful,” Murphy said.

Student Activities Board chair Mark Scarano was very satisfied with the turnout.

“I can honestly say that in my entire academic career at the University, I have never seen so many people in the University Center before. It’s a great feeling of conclusion and I’m glad that SAB was able to take part in such a great achievement,” Scarano said.

Student Activities Board will now focus their attention to their annual Spring Blowout, taking place during the first week of April this year. The two day event features a variety of events for students to participate in around campus. This year, the event will be co-sponsored by Wolf Pack.

When asked about Spring Blowout, Scarano wouldn’t reveal much. “Come April third and fourth, there won’t be a better day to be a student on campus.”