Outdoor stage in development

HOLLY JENKINS
Contributing Reporter

The planning for a new a stage on Iberville Green is in the beginning phases right now, University Facility Use Coordinator Alan Pasch said.

Similar to the Student Union Ballroom, groups will be able to reserve the space through EMS. Designed to resemble other buildings on campus, the stage will be made from brick, complete with white corner stones. It will be covered with a large roof and have girders for concert lighting. Plus, the stage comes equipped with ample power for concerts, meaning generators will not need to be rented for future productions.

Pasch raved about the convenience it will bring for future campus events.

“We just want the campus to have a great outdoor space to host events,” Pasch said. “Right now, events get scattered everywhere. This space is close to the dorms, and Iberville has plenty of parking. It is also a good ways away from any academic building so we don’t have to worry about noise.”

In the past, organizations like KNWD and the Student Activities Board set up wooden stages every time they hosted an event by Iberville. This process is grueling and takes extra time. Members of these organizations are looking forward to the convenience this new addition to campus will bring.

KNWD General Manager Courtney Page said she was incredibly excited when she first found out about the stage.

“For events like DemonFest, it will absolutely help with production costs for the organizers,” Page said. “Even with this year’s DemonFest, we keep trying to lower costs so we can do more but the stages still put a pretty big dent in our budget. This stage will be a nice stress reliever for anyone wanting to hold an event on the Green.”

The construction of the new stage will not affect student fees. Pasch explained that several years ago, alumni entered NSU into a Facebook contest for Louisiana universities. NSU won the contest and received $10,000 to put towards the school. Faculty decided the money would go towards this project, thereby relieving students of any costs.

“Whatever costs are left over will be split by SAB, SGA, KNWD and the Student Union,” Pasch said. “This is truly a group effort.”

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