Students Rock Out At Annual Sammypalooza

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Waka Flocka, A$AP Ferg, and the Eli Young Band visited the Johnson Coliseum to perform for Sam Houston State University students this past Wednesday.

Sammypalooza is now a bi-annual event that includes the music concert and the comedy shows. It is always a free and exclusive event put on for the students of Sam Houston State University.

The Assistant Director of Special Events at Student Services Steven Begnaud said that it takes a lot of organizations and people to put on Sammypalooza. Student Activities, Recreational Sports, and the Johnson Coliseum are the main departments that work on the event.

“From ticket takers, to stage crew, to the people guarding the stage, backdoor security, to the students who are refilling ice, everyone plays a pivotal role that helps make this program what it is,” Begnaud said.

The Student Body President, Miss Sam Houston, Miss Piney Woods, and Sammy the Bearkat opened the show by warming up the crowd and announcing the performers.

“Before Waka Flocka can come out, you have to get really loud,” said Jacqueline Bolden, SGA President, as the crowd yelled.

Waka Flocka got the crowd going with DJ Whoo Kid before he came out. The crowd was illuminated by phone flashes as Waka ran out.

SHSU students raised their hands high as Waka Flocka asked, “Who is on their way to the top?” He yelled out to the students that they can shoot for the stars.

Begnaud said that a lot of factors go into selecting artists for the concert event.

“Timing, pricing… of course we assess the students,” Begnaud said. “We get feedback from them and we take that and do the best we can to match what they’re looking for.”

The Assistant Director went on to say that country and hip hop are the most popular requests.

“We did the mix last year, and it worked well, so we figured we’d try it again this year,” Begnaud

The hunt for next year’s Sammypalooza performers are already underway.

“Right after [this Sammypalooza] we will start looking,” Begnaud said. “We don’t have any in mind… we will deliberate within the next couple weeks and get an idea of what we want the show to look like.”