Colleges are normally a good destination for concerts. This weekend Hellogoodbye and AER will be performing in the Mabel Brown room at Keene State College. The concert will be a way to see if the Keene State student body can control themselves from any post “rioting.”

If there is a college, there is most likely going to be partying. At this point, it is accepted. If there is a concert, there is most likely going to be partying, tailgating etc. Considering people are still being arrested from Pumpkin Fest and emails are still being sent out to identify hundreds of students involved in the rioting, the fact that we are even having a concert is surprising to me. Though I do not know if there are people worried, in my opinion, I believe it will be just like any other Saturday night at KSC.

The concert is on Saturday, Nov. 22, whether the Keene Police Department will be on edge or not is yet to be seen, but I honestly couldn’t ever see anything that closely resembles Pumpkin Fest happening after the concert. When hundreds of students woke up early to clean the streets Sunday morning following the Pumpkin Fest riots, they didn’t have to. They did it because the student body cares about the school. They did it because they care about the city of Keene.

I can speak for many people when I say that I am proud to say I go to Keene State College and that we don’t like the prejudices that come with being a student here.

That’s why, in my opinion, this concert will be the best opportunity for the student body to change the attitudes of everyone who had something negative to say about us. I’m not saying that there will be no partying, but students will not have to worry about getting hit with tear gas. The Keene Police Department won’t have to call in for backup and the families that live around the college won’t have to worry about being disturbed to the extent of Pumpkin Fest. I have been told I should be in jail while in a Dunkin Donuts in Brattleboro, Vermont because I was wearing a Keene State sweatshirt. The fact that all the students on campus are assumed to be involved with the chaos during Pumpkin Fest is just unfair.

It’s not going to be easy to gain the respect back from the community, but again that’s where I think the students will prove the doubters wrong. During Pumpkin Fest, KSC had a restriction on the number of guests each student could have and an online application that had to be filled out. Halloween weekend allowed zero guests for students living on campus.  Will the same be true for the concert? We will find out, but I could see it happening.  Though I do not think this concert will attract a substantial amount of people outside of KSC, I don’t think the school wants to take any chances.

If on-campus students want their guest pass privileges back, a good outing this weekend will be a big step in the right direction.


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