HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss Student Government Association will no longer sponsor Eaglepalooza, an annual free concert for Southern Miss students and Hattiesburg residents.
In an email to students on Thursday, SGA President Cameron Cloud announced that budget cuts would bring an end to Eaglepalooza after 13 years of hosting the event.
"I regret to inform you that due to state-wide budget cuts that have greatly affected our institution, the SGA budget has been reduced for the upcoming academic year," Cloud said. "Consequently, SGA will no longer have the monetary resources available to sponsor Eaglepalooza."
The 2016 Eaglepalooza was held at USM's Spirit Park and featured hip-hop and R&B singer Keri Hilson. Past Eaglepaloozas were held in downtown Hattiesburg and have featured artists such as Echosmith, Iconapop and Phillip Phillips.
"We, as members of the Southern Miss community, will continue to promote and celebrate student life throughout this change of events," Cloud said. "We will continue to support and represent the student body through various other events and initiatives."
Cloud encouraged students to submit their ideas or concerns regarding the topic to the SGA for consideration.