Ben Folds set to rock campus

Portion of ticket sales to be donated in memory of Xavier senior Jennifer Koetter to a young boy battling juvenile diabetes | February 3, 2005

Singer/pianist Ben Folds performed a concert on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cintas Center. The concert also featured a local band as an opening act. Proceeds from the event helped fight juvenile diabetes.

Through collaboration between the student activities council and STYUKA, a charitable student group, a portion of the ticket sales were donated to a young boy battling juvenile diabetes in memory of Xavier senior Jennifer Koetter.

Koetter, who suffered from Type I juvenile diabetes, died in December. She was a public relations major and had plans to go to nursing school after graduation.

The young boy and his family are affiliated with Project Connect, a local organization that provides services to families in need. STYUKA is donating all funds raised during events over the course of the year to Project Connect. Funds for the boy are being used for nutritional needs, a support group, a glucometer and other benefits to help create a healthy lifestyle and fight juvenile diabetes.

SAC is also partnering with the Cincinnati chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to promote awareness about the disease. Representatives from the foundation handed out literature at the concert and also sold "Max-Life" bracelets to raise money for juvenile diabetes research.

Folds is best known as the leader of the pop trio Ben Folds Five, but struck out on his own as a solo artist a few years ago. In addition to cutting his own solo CDs, William Shatner picked the alternative pop maestro to produce his first album in decades. Folds’ newest CD, "Songs for Silverman," is scheduled for release on April 26. The first single, "Landed," has already hit American air waves.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for Xavier students. General public tickets are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Xavier students can purchase tickets at the Cintas Center box office.