As you walk around campus, have you happened to notice a number of little yellow sticky-notes with the word “Colossus” scribbled down? You don’t have to wonder anymore about those mysterious stickies, because the answer is here. Colossus will premier on March 17 and this three-day long bash of music, comedy, and more will surely give Loyola students an unforgettable weekend of fun in the Gentile Arena.
“Since last year we were aware that because of construction around Loyola, space would be really limited for spring semester,” explains Erin Jordan, Loyola’s main stage and recreation director. “So we decided to super block out Gentile and make a huge event… we’ve never done anything like this before, so it makes it something new and exciting,” she says.
British singer and songwriter Jay Sean will perform on the first night of Colossus on March 17 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). He is a pop music sensation and is best known for his hit single “Down.”
On March 18, get ready to laugh yourself silly when comedians John Oliver and Donald Glover perform at 8 p.m. Both funny men are actors on NBC’s hit series “Community” and Oliver has also received an Emmy for his work on “The Daily Show with John Stewart.”
The final day of Colossus will be nothing short of fantastic as the space will magically morph into an authentic casino comparable to those found on “The Strip” in Las Vegas.“Gentile will be completely transformed for an event you won’t be able to forget. If anyone saw Welcome Week Casino Night in Centennial Forum Student Union, which was a huge hit, imagine that ten times [better],” explains Jordan.
Casino night is free for all students and will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. Students should be even more excited for the prizes as they can enter into drawings for iPads, Kindles, Wii systems, and gift cards.
If students want someone to thank for this unbelievable series of entertainment, they can show their gratitude to the Department of Programming (DOP) at Loyola. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Terry Student Center on the Water Tower Campus or the Centennial Forum Student Union on Lake Shore Campus. With the show of a Loyola student ID, a wristband for the concert and comedian is $15 and also gives you an extra chance to win prizes at Casino night. Separate tickets cost $10.
“Colossus is unlike anything Loyola has ever had before and will hopefully become a new tradition that continues on in the future,” says Jordan. “The talent and events are going to be amazing. We’ve been lucky enough to get openers for both nights that are also top names and Casino night is going to be insane. The only thing you’ve got to lose is not coming and missing out.”