The Student Union Board (SUB) announced Tuesday that the artist GoldLink will perform at Friday’s spring concert with MadeinTYO! as the opening act. The SUB concert will return to the Stepan Center, after last semester’s concert featuring Quinn XCII was moved to Legend’s. The fall concert was relocated to accommodate for athletics, which was using the center at the time of the concert. Junior and lead programmer of concerts Bethany Boggess said the return to the Stepan Center will allow more students to attend the show.“The Fall Concert featuring Quinn XCII was held at Legends, which has a capacity of 629,” she said in an email. “The Spring Concert will be at Stepan Center, and there are 2,000 tickets available. We reached capacity at Legends pretty quickly in the fall, so the larger venue will allow us to accommodate more students.”According to the SUB website, GoldLink’s single “Crew” reached the 45th spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and he was nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. He will tour a number of sites, both domestically and internationally, including stops in Hungary, Spain, Croatia and Canada, amongst other places.MadeinTYO! is known for his music video, accompanying his song “Uber Everywhere,” which garnered more than 57 million views, according to the SUB website. He is from Atlanta, home to several other hip-hop artists.In bringing these artists to campus, and introducing more affordable tickets, SUB aimed to make the event more inclusive, Boggess said.“We were incredibly intentional in our selection of the artists for this year’s concert,” she said. “Last semester, a member of the student body prompted SUB Concerts to evaluate its track record of inclusivity and representation. Not only were we able to contract artists with diverse backgrounds and sounds, but we were able to offer tickets for only $5 to hopefully allow more students to attend.” Leading up to the announcement, SUB used a Spotify playlist to keep students guessing about which artist would perform at the show.“The best part of planning the concert was planning and maintaining the Spotify playlist as a means to announce the artists,” Boggess said. “We started with 30 artists on a Spotify playlist called ‘Who’s Coming to Stepan?’ and gradually removed artists until only GoldLink and [MadeinTYO!] remained. It definitely built up a lot of anticipation and kept students interested and talking about the concert before it was announced.”Boggess said she encourages all hip-hop fans to attend the event.“Tickets are on sale now in the LaFortune Box Office for only $5 until 11 p.m. on Thursday night,” she said. “On Friday, you can buy tickets at the door of the show for $10. If you like hip-hop at all, you should give these artists a shot — you won’t be disappointed.”Tags: GoldLink, MadeinTYO!, Stepan Center, SUB concert, SUB Spring Concert
After more than 30 years, Frank Williams has retired from his position as the groundskeeper for the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden (CGBG) at the Historic Bamboo Farm, but he still works there three days a week. Even at 75, he hasn’t slowed down.Friends of the Coastal Gardens (FOCG) recently named a classroom at the Savannah, Georgia garden complex in Williams’ honor to show their appreciation for his hard work and dedication. Photographs of Williams adorn the walls of the Frank Williams Classroom.“I was honored when Mr. Jim asked me if they could honor me,” said Williams of FOCG President Dr. Jim Andrews. “Mr. Andrews has always come up with ideas, and he has worked alongside me to make things happen here. When we started work on the camellia garden, it looked like a junkyard. But we dug up stumps, worked hard and got it done.”Williams’ work at CGBG has always been very labor-intensive, but he never complains, and he has never taken a sick day.“The work was hard, and I did a lot of it by myself. But I believe you can’t let the work, work you. You have to work the work,” he said. “And, at the end of the day, your work will speak for you. I prayed for this job and God answered my prayers. And I told Him I would work hard at it.”Williams’ work does speak for him. More than 100,000 visitors come to CGBG each year and enjoy the results of Williams’ weeding, mowing, tending, planting and pruning. Seeing visitors enjoy the garden brings Williams joy.“The more I do out here, the more people come. They enjoy the beauty, and they enjoy nature. I cleared trees and cleaned up the back part of the pond, and now more people come to that spot and get peace,” said Williams.He is fondly called “Mr. Bamboo” and earned his nickname by tending CGBG’s 160 varieties of bamboo. Now an expert on the plant, Williams says bamboo can grow 18 inches in 24 hours. Williams strongly suggests home gardeners think long and hard before adding bamboo to their landscapes.“If you get it, you’ll be stuck with it because it’s really hard to get rid of,” he said. “People always come here to see the bamboo. I used to wonder what they saw in the bamboo, and then I saw something.”Over the years, Williams began to appreciate bamboo and has since crafted bamboo chairs, tables, display racks and fans.“If someone has an idea for something made from bamboo, I can do it,” he said.Williams also turns bamboo pruned from the groves into bamboo chips to use as mulch throughout CGBG. He says bamboo chips keep weeds down and don’t decompose as quickly as bark or pine straw.Gardeners know that there are always things to do in a garden. Williams favorite garden chores are pulling weeds and working in the bamboo. His secret to staying cool working on Georgia’s hot summer days is to wear a thin, long-sleeved shirt and to drink cold water.Like many state workers who manage limited budgets, Williams found ways to stretch dollars and often recycled or repaired items at CGBG. He repaired an old surplus tractor and brought it back to life to use in the garden.Now, Williams teaches the new generation of garden workers how to maintain the gardens and the tractor.“Mr. Frank is a great example and mentor to the younger employees at the garden,” said Tim Davis, current CGBG director and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Chatham County coordinator. “When others would sit out of work, Mr. Frank is always here. He recently came to work and never missed a day despite being treated for a medical condition.”Williams, who was fighting cancer, happily reports he is cancer-free.“Way back, I told the Lord if He found me a job, I would work and work and work,” he said. “I did and I was able to build a house that’s paid off. And it’s got insulation. It’s not like the one I grew up in where you could see the ground through the cracks.”To learn more about CGBG, go to coastalbg.uga.edu.