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Campus Radio Station Rocks for a Good Cause

Student DJs Organize Fundraiser for Local Non-profit Nov. 30

The band The World Is A Beautiful Place and i Am No Longer Afraid to Die headlines this year's Rock for Tots benefit
The World is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die headlines the Nov. 30 Rock for Tots concert

By David Perry

The students who run the university’s radio station, WUML (91.5 FM), are known for broadcasting their passions, but they sidestep taste-making duties once a year to host Rock for Tots, a feast of music for a good cause.

This year’s event, scheduled for Nov. 30., features headliners and Epitaph recording artists The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.

It’s an evening built on doing something for the community, says the station’s promotions director, Tim Collins, who handles organizing and promoting the show.

“It’s our annual way of giving back,” says Collins, a junior mathematics major. “We pick a local charity that benefits children or teens and this year, as last, it is UTEC (United Teen Equality Center).” The 2016 show raised more than $1,000.

“This year’s is a really exciting lineup,” Collins adds. The World is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die actually headlined the event back in 2013. “They went on to become world-renowned. They regularly sell out venues now, so we’re excited to be able to have them back.”

Also on the bill are Past Life, a band from Philadelphia, Bicycle Inn who hail from Attleboro, Snowhaus out of Worcester and Lowell’s own Daisybones.

WUML, which has its studio in the basement of Lydon Library, has been operating for more than six decades, making it one of the longest-running college radio stations in the country.

UTEC, founded in 1999, is a nationally-recognized agency that responds to gang violence with the promise of offering roads to ambition, and social and economic success to at-risk youth from Lowell and Lawrence.

The concert will be held at University Crossing’s Moloney Hall and begins at 7:30. Admission is a $10 minimum donation at the door.