In reacting to the Student Programming Council’s (SPC) selection of pop rock band OneRepublic to perform at Dooley’s Week, the Wheel urged patience from students until the full slate of spring acts to be announced before casting judgment. Now that the full lineup has been revealed — rapper Wiz Khalifa, comedians Donald Glover and Rob Riggle and mashup artist Milkman — we are pleased to say that we are optimistic for the success of these events.
Diversity of performers should always be a priority, and with a rapper, a mashup artist and a pop rock act, this baseline requirement has been satisfied. Glover and Riggle are recognizable faces to many Emory students and should go over well.
The announced theme — Cirque Dool’ey — also seems more creative than past years’ offerings, with a more explicit, Emory-specific tie-in that should help build community excitement. SPC is working with the circus company Imperial Opa in an effort to secure circus performers at the different events throughout the week, and we are excited to see the results from these efforts. Given what we know now, there seems to be no reason not to be hopeful for these performances. We are also glad to learn of SPC’s plans to replicate last year’s inaugural trivia event. Student feedback was almost universally positive last spring, and it is encouraging to see SPC build on its past successes. (The popular Taste of Emory event will also be repeated.) This is a trend we would like to see continue, and we hope that future SPC’s will continue to make similar progress from year to year.
The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial board.