Stanley Lassen explains how and why he organized this concert.
By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING—Members of the Michigan State Interfraternity Council will welcome Galantis and Skizzy Mars April 15 for a concert benefitting the victims of the Flint water crisis.
The Grammy nominated DJ duo Galantis and rising hip-hop artist Skizzy Mars will be performing at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale. Greater East Lansing residents and MSU students can party while also supporting a worthy cause. Proceeds will fund new pipes that will replace the old, lead pipes that leached into Flint’s water supply.
The problem started in 2014 when Flint switched out of the Detroit water system to use its own to save money. Residents noticed a marked change in the color and integrity of their water, which was later discovered to contain poisonous levels of lead. The toxin causes neurological damage and is especially harmful to children.
Concert organizer and Sigma Chi brother Stanley Lassen hopes that the big name headliner will draw the MSU community and East Lansing residents together to support Flint. He said that his goal is to raise $30,000 for Flint by selling 6,000 tickets.
“Right now, we are at 1,000 tickets, so we have a long way to go,” said Lassen. “We want to make a difference and help people.”
The Interfraternity Council and donation from Pi Kappa Alpha fronted the concert’s budget. That money is being spent on artist fees, security insurance and production costs.
“Things add up quickly,” said Jenna Saplala, one of the concert’s organizers and public relations specialists.
To advertise the concert, Lassen has posted fliers around campus, sent study-body wide emails and created social media pages. Saplala said that she hopes ticket sales will pick up as the date of the concert draws closer.
“Ticket sales aren’t as high as I would like them to be,” said Saplala.
The concert will come on the heels of “Greek Week”, which begins Saturday. Every year, the Interfraternity council hosts this series of charitable events within the sorority and fraternity communities.
In years past, the week has begun with Relay for Life, an overnight fundraising walk supporting cancer research.
“Each year, people were losing interest in it,” said Sigma Chi brother Stanley Lassen. “It was an event that people never looked forward to. It was sad to see because the money was going to a good cause.”
In May 2015, Lassen began planning the concert. He said that the concert would be a fun, low-effort way for people to support Flint.
“I have a decent amount of friends that are going,” said Sigma Kappa member Sophia Scherer. “I think that the whole Greek community should be supportive.”
That support is what Lassen said he’s banking on.
“It would be cool to get huge support for MSU,” said Lassen. “We’re using that aspect of music to bring people together.”
All concert-goers must be at least 18 years of age and present valid identification at the door. Tickets are on sale for $30, but the price will rise soon. Included in the ticket is an Uber code for a reduced ride to the event. You can buy tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1097129-galantis-dimondale/.