Opinions split after BJ Novak’s performance at USU

Now that B.J. Novak’s routine has come and gone, and $35,730 has been subtracted from event funding, the question remains whether or not the money spent – which comes from student fees – yielded a successful event. <strong>Financial Overview</strong> Of the 2,168 seats available in the Kent Concert Hall, 1,469 tickets were sold, roughly two-thirds, to individuals across Utah, who traveled to Logan in order to see B.J. Novak, a writer and actor for the popular NBC television show “The Office,” perform his comedic routine.USU designated $75,000 for arts and lectures for the 2010-11 school year. ASUSU arts and lectures director Skyler Parkhurst, along with the events committee, decided to spend $51,000 of that sum to bring Novak to USU. Parkhurst was appointed to his position by ASUSU Programming VP Tom Atwood. In an attempt to make a portion of the money back, all who wished to attend the event had to purchase a ticket – USU students paid $10 and the public paid $20.Ticket office sales from the event totaled $15,270, less than one-third the cost of hosting the performance. Parkhurst said he believes there is a sum of money not included in the ticket office’s total because ASUSU sold a few hundred tickets in other ways.Kayla Harris, 2009-10 ASUSU programming vice president, said programming originally believed they could make $40,000 back from the event. However, she said considering the limited amount of seating available and the cost of tickets, only $32,000 was possible.”If you are going to spend that much money, spend it on something every student can attend,” Harris said. “I’d rather watch ‘The Office’ on my Netflix account for $8 per month.” <a href=”http://www.usustatesman.com/opinions-split-following-high-profile-performance-1.2400737?pagereq=1″>To read the rest of this article on the Utah Statesman website, click here.</a>

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