The Carolina Union Activities Board is bringing Common to campus to wrap up the semester.
But rapping won’t be the focus of the socially conscious hip-hop artist’s appearance today.
Instead, he will give a lecture about youth and activism in a speech entitled “Greatness!”
The contract between CUAB and Common’s management totals $24,500, according to Christopher Willett, the attorney who drafted the agreement.
Student tickets for the event are $10, and as of Tuesday evening, Memorial Hall’s box office confirmed that only 320 tickets had been sold.
A representative from the box office said the balcony will be blocked off, leaving 596 seats to be filled.
Lauren Sacks, assistant director of student learning and activities, said CUAB’s forum committee is responsible for bringing speakers to campus who will encourage a dialogue among students. The committee has a budget of $50,000 to $60,000 for this year.
Mark Steffen, events manager at Memorial Hall, said the average cost for student organizations to book the venue is between $2,000 and $3,500.
The combination of venue price and Common’s contract fee totals about half of the forum committee’s annual budget.