SUA and Queers & Allies, along with a whole list of cosponsors were able to bring actress Laverne Cox from “Orange is the New Black” at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre on February 6. It was the biggest LGBTQ event KU has ever hosted on campus with about 800 people in attendance. Lawrence.com wrote a review on the event:
“The lecture became a haven for feminists while Cox quoted Judith Butler and other literature she read in college that helped her realize her womanhood has nothing to do with the the male stamp she received at birth. It became a much-needed lesson for those unfamiliar with the daily prejudices and violence the LGBT community face daily,” said Lawrence.com writer Nadia Imafidon.
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SUA hosted a World Fashion Show in the Kansas Union Ballroom on November 13 at 7:00. The UDK previewed the event.
“We are participating in order to spread the word about our team and the way that our culture is incorporated into our dance,” said Karishma Khetani, captain of the nationally competitive KU Jeeva Bollywood Dance Group.
SUA hosted a World Fashion Show in the Kansas Union Ballroom on November 13 at 7:00. Thirteen different cultural organizations on campus participated and more than 300 people attended. The night included food, performances and most of all fashion, showing KU’s diversity.
“You can get to know a person by just looking at what they’re wearing. I think it’s wonderful to understand a culture, to get to know a culture based on their artifacts and their costumes and traditions,” said Gomez
SUA brought pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas to campus on Monday September 23 in Budig 120. Being an undocumented immigrant himself, Vargas addressed issues he has dealt with his whole life and talked about issues with immigration with the students. The UDK previewed the event.
“I’m not a politician. I’m not an organizer. I’m not a leader. I’m called an activist and advocate — okay, I have no control over that. But I don’t consider myself any of those things. As far as I’m concerned, I’m a writer, I’m a filmmaker, I’m a storyteller and I’m working on the biggest story of my life, which happens to involve me,” Vargas said.
“As college students, we’re at such a time where a speaker like this is really critical. It can really open our eyes to what real issues are in America and things that people deal with on a daily basis,” Social Issues coordinator Annie Matheis said.
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SUA and KJHK teamed up to bring Haim to the Granada on Thursday, October 10 at 8 p.m. The UDK previewed the event.
“They have a fresh sound,” said Melissa Hebberd, a senior from Parsippany, N.J. “It’s a different kind of combination. You can hear influences of classic rock and some R&B. They are a young band, you can tell they grew up listening to many of the same bands we listened to.”
This year SUA and KJHK have joined forces with a co-collaborative Live Music committee.
“It’s been great working with KJHK,” Live Music coordinator Subha Upadhyayula said. “They actually helped us pick this band. It is a huge process we go through with contacting the agents of these bands and coordinating the events. We are really excited to have Haim here.”
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SUA and KJHK teamed up to collaborate on bringing the band Haim to the Granada on Thursday, October 10 at 8 p.m. Haim’s album, “Days are Gone” dropped right before the show making the show a must-see. The Pitch reviewed the concert.
“Those sisters can rock a bitching center hair part and shred guitars like bosses, and there wasn’t a single person in the audience last night who didn’t totally want to be one of the Haims,” said Pitch writer Natalie Gallagher.
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SUA hosted its annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Kansas Ballroom on October 29 at 8:00. The movie engaged participants who came to celebrate the cult movie by throwing food, showing off their costumes and dancing to the hit tunes. Channel 6 covered the event.
“I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Rocky Horror. I’ve been going to every single one I could get myself to since I was 13,” said Krystin Arkeketa, Rocky Horror fan.