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Students to cheer on Bon Iver during 'Towers Night at the Grammys' Feb. 12

February 10, 2012

Editor's note: Members of the media are welcome to cover the "Towers Night at the Grammys" event. For more information, contact Quincy Chapman, UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life assistant director for leadership and education, at 715-379-4461 or chapmajq@uwec.edu.


EAU CLAIRE — In celebration of the four Grammy Award nominations received by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni Justin Vernon and Sean Carey and their band, Bon Iver, UW-Eau Claire students are invited to "Towers Night at the Grammys" from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 12. The free event will be held in the commons area of Towers Hall — the upper campus residence hall that is the subject of Bon Iver's song "Towers."

In addition to cheering on Bon Iver (the evening's Grammys broadcast will be viewable on multiple screens in the commons area), those attending "Towers Night at the Grammys" can participate in music-themed activities, including a music genre costume contest, a rock band video game competition and a Grammy-winner ballot competition. Bon Iver-related trivia questions will be asked throughout the evening, with prizes (including five Justin Vernon-autographed Towers T-shirts) going to those answering correctly. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

"Bon Iver does a wonderful job at harnessing what makes Eau Claire such a unique and awesome place," said Natalie Leighton, a senior psychology major from Viroqua and resident assistant in Towers Hall who will serve as an emcee for the campus Grammys event. "They have never lost sight of their roots, and that's why it feels very special to know that they are representing Eau Claire to the general public. Any student, resident on campus or not, should take time to attend this event. It should be a night of community, fun and awesome music."

Melinda Daniels, a junior psychology and English major from Milwaukee who serves as Towers Hall Council president, said she is "thrilled" to help host the event to celebrate two famous Blugolds.

"The passion for Bon Iver's music and pride for their accomplishments that is prevalent on this campus is beyond words, and I know this event will be a great way for fans to come together and celebrate both of those," Daniels said. "Anyone is welcome to come and celebrate Justin Vernon, Sean Carey and the rest of the band. Lots of our residents in Towers Hall either have a personal connection with the band or are fans of their music. It's really great that we can come together for such a positive reason as a campus community."

"Towers Night at the Grammys" is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life and the Towers Hall Council.

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