Union Label launches lunar events

Kasey Judge Oy Saechao, Maiko Baba, Re Matoba and Vanessa Vazquez Re enjoy kettle corn while watching “Now You See Me” at Union Label’s Moon on Movie.
Kasey Judge
Oy Saechao, Maiko Baba, Re Matoba and Vanessa Vazquez Re enjoy kettle corn while watching “Now You See Me” at Union Label’s Moon on Movie.

A new campus organization called Union Label is providing students with a variety of entertainment events, such as movies under the stars and a late night workout to an LED light show accompanied by DJs.

Union Label is a new programming team  started by Associated Students that aims to bring a diverse group of musicians, motivational speakers and entertaining acts to Chico State at affordable ticket prices.

“Our organization offers entertainment for students who are looking to get more out of their college experience,” said Brennan Neilson, senior program associate.

The team is comprised of four student program associates and their supervisor Mark Gorney.

“We want to put on fun and exciting events for the students,” said Kelsey Simpson, a junior program associate for Union Label. “We want every student to leave one of our events with a smile.”

Union Label helped welcome the students back to campus last weekend by providing two free events during Wildcat Welcome Week called Moon on Movie and WREC Remix.

Moon on Movie gave students the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing Friday night on the lawn near Glenn Hall with their friends..

Sophomore Matthew Riebe works as a student program associate for Union Label and his hope for events like Moon on Movie is that people will look back on that night and remember it even after they graduate.

“Our goal is to bring the best entertainment possible to all the students,” Riebe said. “I thought the idea of an outdoor movie could bring some fun at night on our campus.”

Moon on Movie was just the beginning. On Saturday, Aug. 24 the fun shifted to the WREC.

From 9 p.m. to midnight the WREC was transformed into a nightclub with lighting and sound. WREC Remix featured electronic music band ViceTone” from the Netherlands, as well as local musicians DJ “Parris” and “DJ Prodigy.”

Neilson was in charge of WREC Remix.

“I scout, contact, book and contract bands who students would like to see based off of student focus groups and by focusing on what kind of music Chico is lacking,” Neilson said.

Union Label isn’t stopping here.

Moon on Movie will appear once again on Sept. 12 with a 10 p.m. screening of “Iron Man 3” and on Oct. 5 with a 9 p.m. screening of “Monster’s University.”

On Aug. 31, six bands and two stages will set the tone for Chi Fest which will take place in Trinity Commons and the Student Services Center plaza from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is another free event to students and will include bands such as Hail The Sun, Halocene and Clouds on Strings.

On Sept. 17, the Bell Memorial Union auditorium will hold yet another concert. “Through the Roots” featuring “Fortunate Youth” and “Bad Neighborz” will celebrate rock and reggae music. Tickets are on sale at the University Box Office, $10 for students and $14 for the public.


Nicole Santos can be reached at [email protected] or @Iam_NicoleS on Twitter.