Kesha headlines COVID safe CCSU spring concert in attempt to bring normalcy, excitement to campus


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) brought back a spring tradition as the weather gets nicer while taking steps to protect students from COVID-19.

CCSU held a concert, which traditionally is held before finals. This show featured pop-star Kesha, but this wasn’t your usual concert at Arute Field. In fact, Kesha wasn’t even there; she was performing virtually.

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She was on a huge inflatable screen while students watch in the stands or in their dorms. The students who attended the concert all socially distanced, sitting 6-feet apart.

This was an attempt to bring a sense of normalcy and excitement back to campus while also being safe.

Another reason the University moved forward with this: the improving COVID numbers. All on-campus students and about one-fourth of the off-campus students are tested once a week. They have one dorm for isolation and another for quarantining.

“It’s been a difficult year,” said Dr. John Tully, the CCSU Interim VP for Student Affairs. “We’ve pivoted well with moving to online classes and high flex classes. But as we get more and more students vaccinated, and since we’ve been doing so well with our social distancing, testing and quarantining, this is a chance to celebrate the year and really give students a chance to enjoy each other’s company, great concert and do all that before they get ready for finals.”

The virtual concert was only for CCSU students. 56 students were allowed on the field, and 156 students in the stands, all wearing masks and social distancing.

Last week, the COVID positivity rate among campus residents and the staff was 0.47%.

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