The Student Programming Council (SPC) announced rapper Wiz Khalifa as this year’s performer for Spring Band Party on Mar. 31.
SPC also released the 2011 Dooley’s Week line-up, which includes OneRepublic and comedians Donald Glover, an actor on “Community,” and Rob Riggle, who is known for his work on “The Daily Show.” Mashup artist Milkman will headline Dooley’s Ball.
Wiz Khalifa, stage name for rapper Cameron Jibril Thomaz, is best known for his single “Black and Yellow.”
His new album Rolling Papers will drop on Mar. 29, two days before his appearance at Emory.
“We’re really excited about that; he is actually going to be kicking his tour off at Emory,” Student Programming Council President and Goizueta Business School senior Erik Ward said.
The dates for Dooley’s Week this year are Mar. 21-25, and the week honoring Emory’s unofficial skeleton mascot Lord James W. Dooley will consist of Taste of Emory on Monday, trivia on Tuesday, the comedians on Wednesday, OneRepublic on Thursday and Milkman performing for Dooley’s Ball on Friday night.
SPC partnered with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to bring OneRepublic.
The two organization combined funds in order to afford another musical performer.
“One of our focuses on SPC in the way of expanding our budget was to form partnerships and get sponsorship,” Ward said. “I’m really excited that we were able to form this great partnership with RHA, which has allowed us to offer the students more this year.”
Dooley’s Week Co-chair and B-school senior Danny Chapman said this year’s Dooley’s Week will carry a circus theme, specifically Cirque Dool’ey.
“I think circus definitely portrays the spirit of the week, having Dooley as our ringleader and having a fun, mischievous week,” Chapman said.
He said SPC is working with the circus company Imperial Opa in an effort to secure circus performers at the different events throughout the week.
Among some of the changes at this year’s Dooley Week will be a change in location for Taste of Emory.
Taste of Emory, an event where local restaurants hand out samples of their food, will be located on Asbury Circle this year instead of at the business school courtyard.
In addition, SPC expects more restaurants to be in attendance since SPC was able to make the donations tax deductable.
Alumni are also invited to attend this year, though for a small entrance fee.
Chapman said students expressed satisfaction with last year’s inaugural trivia event, so a similar trivia night will take place this year.
“It was a great event for graduate students, who don’t necessarily want to be at Dooley’s Ball but want to get involved,” Chapman said.
This year, SPC decided to feature two comedians for Dooley’s Week: Glover and Riggle.
Both men have experience as comedians and as actors and will deliver separate stand-up routines.
Glover currently stars as Troy Barnes on NBC’s “Community,” and Rob Riggle is known as a correspondent for “The Daily Show,” as well as for his roles in comedies “The Hangover” and “Step Brothers.”
“After looking at the potential options, we had a unique opportunity to bring two comedians in,” Ward said.
Chapman said he hopes students will appreciate the fact that SPC was able to bring both Wiz Khalifa and OneRepublic to campus.
“I think each on its own would have been a great semester, but the ability to do both was amazing,” Chapman said.
Ward said both Wiz Khalifa and OneRepublic were among the top 10 bands requested by students in a survey they conducted last semester.
“It actually worked out perfect too because we were able to bring a rock band and a hip-hop artist, so we will hopefully be able to appeal to everyone,” Ward said.
— Contact Christina White