Students and AS prepare for Ace Hotel Concert

Students express their excitement and thoughts regarding the Ace Hotel Concert and the student after party.

Amanda Sakowski, Writer

Associated Students will also host an after party on May 9 for students located in an area behind the Ace Hotel and below the “Jesus Saves” sign.

“As for as far as the after party goes, it is going to be just a big, nice, kind of elegant looking space for students to hang out. It’s going to be a little more chill, but there will be a DJ and there is going to be a lot of different food,” said Shaylynn Knuppe, AS social events coordinator.


The lineup for the concert includes artists Phil Wickham, Josh Garrels and The Brilliance, but students are most excited for Garrels, who performed at The Eddy on Sept. 10, 2012.

The concert also offers students a one of a kind opportunity to get off campus and worship alongside donors, alumni and students in an historic venue in downtown LA.

“I was here when Phil Wickham and his brother played a few years ago, and I honestly enjoy that type of worship atmosphere where it is outside of chapel,” said Lauren Pickering, junior communication disorders major. “That is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s mostly everybody who is there is going there voluntarily and it is amazing to worship alongside everybody who is there and wants to serve the same God.”


AS is planning the after party as a way for students to wind down from the concert and absorb the event in an unique atmosphere.

“It is just kind of a really cool atmosphere and we didn’t want the concert to just end without them being able to see everything and to see the splendor,” said Camryn Hudson, AS vice president of events and programming.

Students have expressed continued interest in the event, so much that the concert is sold out to students as of April 30.

“We have had a huge student interest, which is really cool to see because we want to connect students with alumni and with donors,” Knuppe said.

A couple hundred tickets have been reserved for donors, but if the quota is not met, then more tickets will be released to students, Knuppe said.


Students have expressed their excitement for the concert as well as the student after party. Taylor Becker, sophomore political science major, said he looks forward to the student after party and for artist Phil Wickham.

“It seems like it is probably going to be one of the best events Biola has done, so it is just going to be really cool. Biola always has really well done events, so I am excited to see how it is executed,” Becker said.

Students are attending this event to celebrate the semester coming to an end.

“It is an opportunity for them to get dressed up and it’s the end of the year. It is such a special event and I think people are excited,” Hudson said.

The concert also allows students to have a night together before graduation.

“I am going with one of my good friends. She is graduating this year, so it is like our last big thing,” Pickering said.


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