Benedictine Shakes Up Its Special Events Staff
St. Clair, Stacy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Stacy St. Clair Daily Herald Staff Writer
Benedictine University fired three of its top special events coordinators this week amid student complaints about the cancellation of recent stage productions, sources said.
Officials at the Lisle school declined to discuss the move, saying only that they decided to reorganize the special events department.
"We don't comment on personnel issues," spokeswoman Andi Kuhn said Thursday.
The dismissals apparently came after Benedictine canceled an October performance by Dogstar, a California rock band featuring actor Keanu Reeves. The school booked the group as part of its "Raise the Roof" concert series, which, since its inception three years ago, has attracted big-name acts such as Bob Dylan and Blues Traveler.
The university has not yet booked any marquee acts for the 2000- 01 series. The Grammy-winning chorus Chanticleer is scheduled for a March performance.
Dogstar's no-show, coupled with the recent postponement of two theatrical productions, has raised objections from some students. In an editorial earlier this month, the student newspaper criticized the cancellations and demanded officials reschedule the events. …