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TU students to bring light AFTERdark

Troy University students are looking to bring change, but not politically this time.

With two record-labeled Christian bands and a nationally known speaker, Troy’s University Activities Council will play host to AFTERdark on campus tonight.

AFTERdark, an event that has traveled to more than 60 campuses across the nation, will bring Atlantic Record band Need2Breathe and hip-hop artist J.R., both Christian musicians, to touch campus life at Troy University.

AFTERdark Event Director Austin Sailsbury said all the local community is invited to attend the event, which is free to the public and begins at 8 p.m. at Trojan Arena.

Sailsbury said the evening will feature performances from these two artists, but nationally known speaker Joe White, president of Kanakuk Kamps in Missouri, will give a presentation during the evening.

“Joe is going to be sharing a message of compassion and hope,” Sailsbury said. “He will be doing the first part of his talk with a short dramatic presentation, and then he’s going to be sharing a message of hope, compassion and friendship with God.”

Sailsbury said White speaks to groups all over the world, including college football teams, NFL teams and major league baseball teams.

While AFTERdark is a group based out of Missouri, Sailsbury said students do all the work to bring the event to campus, usually by just asking them to come.

“In this case, it was a little bit different because we were planning an event for Auburn, and on the way to Auburn, I just stopped in Troy to meet some students, and the students have just run with it,” Sailsbury said.

The event is nondenominational, and many of Troy’s Christian campus ministries have taken the reigns to bring the project to life.

But, they aren’t the only ones, Sailsbury said.

“It involves lots of campus groups, not just campus ministries,” Sailsbury said. “Folks in the administration are excited about it, the coach of the football team is excited about it. You get so many folks involved, and so many folks are excited about it.”

For more information on the event, the public is invited to visit www.whatsafterdark.com.