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Stony Brook USG hosted its annual “Back to the Brook” concert this past Friday, September 22nd headlined by Post Malone. Post Malone’s 16-week, 21-city, ‘Stoney’ tour fittingly began here Stony Brook, where he jokingly told the audience in attendance that he “was enrolling” at the start of the spring semester. After learning what he made for this performance let’s just say tuition won’t be an issue, while I’m sure a few summer classes and prerequisites will be needed beforehand. The concert saw a very well attended audience, as students filed into the almost 4,500 seat capacity IFCU Arena. An opening performance from 20-year-old Los Angeles DJ ‘Slushii’ who came into the event under the radar, as many students were unfamiliar with the musician. Yet, by night’s end, the crowd found themselves very well aware. His set included an EDM mix of hip-hop, pop, classic rock and even country, appealing to…

Full disclosure: Kristie Kam holds intern positions at both The Stony Brook Press and with USG’s VP of Student Life. Back to the Brook, a Stony Brook tradition since Fall 2013, has  been one of the biggest events to kick off a new semester.  This year, Fetty Wap was listed as one of the potential artists to perform. Yet, a last minute artist change disappointed many. A lot of students are curious about how the Undergraduate Student Government selects artists to invite and perform in the Stony Brook Stadium. After talking to the Vice President of Student Life, Fiqry Kleib, the selection process proved to be complicated. Preparations for the concert start in June, when the Student Life Department first contacts the Athletics Department for the available dates of the concert venue. Not until mid-August is the date of the concert finally confirmed. Afterwards, the department of Student Life contacts Concert Ideas, an agency that specializes in college concerts…