Upcoming VCU rap concert raises some eyebrows
From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Richmond, Va. –
Rap artist Asher Roth loves college, but it’s the reasons why that are causing controversy ahead of his performance at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Welcome Week for incoming freshmen.
Along with fellow hip-hop artist B.o.B., Roth — whose hit single “I Love College” was all the rage last year — is set to perform at a Back to School Jam concert Aug. 28 at the Siegel Center.
In keeping with the themes of Roth’s other work, “I Love College” extols certain nonacademic portions of the collegiate experience, such as excessive beer consumption, marijuana use and casual sex. At one point, the song devolves into the chanting of the words “chug” and “freshmen.”
Event price tag: $100,000, to be paid for through student activity fees from Monroe Park Campus students.
Parent groups, administrators, parents of incoming freshmen and people about the state are not silent over this school sponsored event. The event was selected by the Programming Commission, comprised of 12 student executives from 12 different student activity committees.
VCU has held the Back to School Jam since 2002. The event usually consists of a dance party, and the cost the past three years has been between $15,000 and $23,000.
This is only the second time the event has included a concert; the other was in 2006, when rapper T.I. performed at a cost of $116,000. The following year, T.I., or Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., was arrested and later served 10 months in prison on federal weapons charges.
I have finally arrived. I am an old fogey. I can hear the Moonhowlings contributors’ logic now..”.but they are adults (meaning the students).” Perhaps. This is insane. No wonder college costs so much if $100,000 is being wasted on this crap. If the various student coucil executives or whatever they call themselves can’t do any better than this, perhaps the decision making needs to be taken away. The administration needs to have some veto power here.
I wouldn’t care as much if parents and grandparents weren’t forking over $30k a year for young Johnny and Jane to get an education. Unfortunately, little pukes like those seen in the video think they invented partying and out of control behavior. News flash: they didn’t. Bacchanalian behavior has been around since there have been grapes. I simply don’t see why incoming freshmen need to be encouraged to behave irresponsibly. Marijuana possession and use is illegal. The out-of-control drinking should certainly not be normalized considering the average freshman is 3 years away from legal drinking age. Alcohol is a tremendous problem on campuses. Drunk driving continues to be a national scourge as we saw here in Prince William just last week. Additionally, every year colleges and universities report students dying of alcohol related deaths such as depression resulting in suicide and alcohol poisoning, etc.
Colleges and Universities like Virginia Commonwealth University need to send a far more responsible message about what is expected regarding appropriate college behavior.
So what do the contributors think? Should the student ‘advisors’ be making this kind of decisions with this much money? Should they be featuring an artist who is promoting illegal activities in the name of a state supported school? A school sponsored activity is much different than one where students go out and pay their own admission fees. The question is sponsorship, not the right to attend a concert of this nature.