By Atiba Rogers
As a result of the Sept 7. stampede at the Mac Miller concert, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) will have to choose a larger venue to accommodate the thousands of students attending their events when large acts are brought to perform on-campus according to USG President of Student Life, Garry Lachhar.
Reevaluating security measures for future shows in case things get out of hand which will ensure that students’ safety is the number one priority according to Inspector Robert Swan.
“When you have a performer like this, more and more students want to be next to the stage,” said Inspector Swan. “If another concert were to be held with the popularity of Mac Miller, they can’t have it at Staller.”
Lachhar has a similar view on future venues. “The security plan was designed for last year’s concert which had about 800 people and this year’s concert had over 3,000,” he said.
“I was so scared and when I looked back people were like running towards me,” said Fizza Jaffari, a senior occupational therapy major. The barricades that were set up couldn’t hold students back from almost trampling one another to get to the front of the stage to see Mac Miller.
Lachhar already spoke to members of the administration and the University Police Department to come to terms with what happened and how to make things better next year. He also said that people underestimated the size of the concert, which caused the stampede to occur.
“Why didn’t they barricade the area in the first place,” said Gopi Patel, a junior biology major. “It was just stupid doing it after the concert and making us wait.”
“Most students cooperated, once we set up the barriers, no one rushed it,” said USG Vice President of Communications, Mario Ferone.
“Seriously we’re in Stony Brook, not the riot place,” said concert goer, Johana Bien-Aime, a junior psychology major.
If USG comes to the decision to hold the next concert at the Staller Steps again, Ferone said that zoning off the steps with barriers would help since it will create separate sections to fill up one zone before getting to the next. “I think it was just that the way the Staller Steps is laid out, it was hard for us to zone it off,” said Ferone about the construction of the steps.
Inspector Swan said that looking into another location would be a possibility because of the limitation of the Staller Steps.
So there will be 3rd annual Back to the Brook concert with a lot more to consider as Lachhar expressed his eagerness to be part of the planning for the next one, “I think this year we changed the ‘Back to the Brook’ concert forever. I mean, having this fall concert rival the size of the spring concert, that’s gonna be like that for years to come.”