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Commodore Quake canceled due to budget cuts, construction

Construction on both the recreation center fields and Memorial Gym and VPB budget cuts led to the cancellation of the annual on-campus concert.
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Royce Yang
View of the construction site near the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center, as photographed on Oct. 23, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Royce Yang)

Commodore Quake, the annual homecoming weekend on-campus concert, was canceled this year due to budget cuts and on-campus construction, according to senior Lina Waseem, co-chair of Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group. 

The event has been hosted at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center Field I and Memorial Gym in past years. Both locations are currently under construction and experiencing renovations. Waseem said other campus spaces and lawns were unavailable due to homecoming events, leading to the cancellation. 

Waseem shared that each VPB committee applies for funding through the Student Organizations, Leadership and Service process. On-campus concerts, like Commodore Quake and Rites of Spring, are organized by the VPB Music Group. 

“The overarching VPB umbrella organization doesn’t get a total sum to then determine allocation,” Waseem said. “Each committee has a separate purpose which determines the types of events they plan.” 

Nick Aguilar, a junior, shared he was looking forward to Quake this year, noting that he enjoyed Flo Milli last year. 

“[The concert] was really fun last year, and I wish they did another one this year,” Aguilar said in a message to The Hustler. 

Last year, Flo Milli performed at the first Commodore Quake since 2019. Waseem hopes that the event can return in the future. 

“We remain hopeful that it is a tradition that can return in the future,” Waseem said. 

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Jorie Fawcett ('25) is from Tiffin, Ohio, and studies secondary education and sociology in Peabody College. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and Life Editor. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her teaching, reading or pretending to study at Local Java or Suzie's. You can reach her at [email protected].
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grumpy Grag
6 months ago

They could have found a suitable venue. Just look back up to 40 years ago and see where things were held. How much to rent the new Nashville S C stadium?