Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-21

Popular rock band O.A.R. will perform at Samford University Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. as part of its Campus Consciousness Tour.

The band's latest CD, "All Sides," includes the singles "Shattered" and "This Town."

Half rock tour, half environmental campaign, the Campus Consciousness Tour aims to inspire and activate students in a fun atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community and college on the tour.

Immediately prior to taking the stage at Samford, the band will be part of an interactive Town Hall Forum to discuss campus sustainability and environmental issues around the world. Participants will be invited to visit the group's biodiesel-powered tour bus to learn about environmentally friendly alternatives.

O.A.R., whose full, less known name is Of a Revolution, includes Marc Roberge, vocals and guitar; Chris Culos, drums and percussion; Richard On, guitar and vocals; Benj Gershman, bass guitar; and Jerry DePizzo, saxophone, guitar and vocals.

The group has become a big hit with college students, which the band members were when attending Ohio State University (Columbus).

The concert is sponsored by Samford's Student Activities Council. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For information, call (205) 726-2345. To purchase tickets, go to

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.