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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.
“Having this artist come to the campus normalizes inappropriate, illegal and unhealthy behaviors,” said Denise D. Miller, president for the Regional Drug Free Alliance and chairwoman for the Parents Council of Commonwealth Parenting.
“It also lowers the expectations for the students,” she said, adding that she was disappointed to see the school spend so much on a performer who condones that behavior.
The performers were chosen by the school’s Programming Commission, which consists of 12 student executives from various student activity committees, according to VCU public-relations specialist Tom Gresham.
Gresham added that university staff “provides logistics-related parameters that could preclude a performance, but the decision is the students.’” Staff members who worked with the commission could not immediately be reached.
Karen Khoury of New Jersey, mother of incoming freshman Ally Khoury, 18, was not pleased about the Roth performance.
“I think the message that the college is sending by allowing this performer is one of ‘we condone this behavior, but just don’t let us catch you doing it,’” she said. “I certainly don’t consider myself a prudish parent. But had I seen this earlier, I probably would have written some sort of a complaint.”
The “I Love College” video opens with a disoriented Roth awakening amid scantily clad females. It then revisits the frat party the night before, the highlights of which include beer pong, beer funneling, mattress tossing and drawing on and shaving the heads of passed-out partygoers.
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.
Adele McClure, president of the Monroe Park Student Government Association, said the programming commission settled on B.o.B. and Roth after soliciting input from students via Twitter, Facebook and surveying.
McClure said she understands the concerns of some parents and administrators but that on a daily basis, students listen to worse music than what Roth puts out.
She said she considered asking Roth not to perform “I Love College” but decided against it since “College” is the only song many students know. “If he was singing any other song, people would be like, ‘Who is this guy?’”
Antwaun Cook — the married man who was (and still might be) dating Fantasia Barrino — collected a bunch of his belongings from his family home in North Carolina … and got the hell out.
According to reports, 26-year-old Cook has moved into a nearby apartment.
The move comes just days after Cook was seen canoodling with Fantasia while a camera crew documented the entire encounter … perhaps for a reality show.
As we previously reported, Fantasia was recently released from the hospital, where she was treated for an overdose. Days before that, Antwaun’s wife, Paula Cook, had filed divorce papers .. citing her husband’s allegedly “adulterous affair” with Fantasia.
A new album and a Goodie Mob reunion aren’t the only things the Cee-Lo has in the works. The Lady Killer and FUSE just wrapped the first installment of Lay It Down. With Cee-Lo as host, the show will feature interviews and performances from today’s music stars.
“It’s more than me wanting to do this, it’s someone wanted me to do it, which was very flattering and a compliment in the fact that I was asked to be a part of it. That was gratifying for me. I think this was an opportunity for everyone to be intimate about their own process, approach or formula, but true art isn’t exposed in its entirety. I believe it’s an opportunity to express a bit and reveal a bit but still maintain some mystique”.
Me, I’m good, figured I’d update my glorious fans again. Better sooner than later right? I’ll try to do this more frequently.
Well ain’t nothing going on in here but the time, which seems like it’s taking forever. I’m trying to make the most out of every second tho, mentally. There’s some pretty cool people in here. Even though this isn’t a cool place to be. I’ve learned plenty already and the best lesson is to not come back. Last night, I kicked ass in UNO! Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Just thought I’d let y’all know. Gotta stay hydrated. Though it’s hot, I still work out. Now don’t be expecting me to look like Hercules when I get out, but I should be a little bulky. I guess. Anyways, please remember to always check for your name in the “thank yous”. I’m always reading letters and responding. Off the subject but her Chris, I think you should team up with Kobe! Go Lakers! Hey Lindsey, glad it’s over doll. I should have written her huh? Young Money, you’re the best I ever had. Look out for Nino 3, and I Am Not A Human Being. Coming soon. Mother, I love you. Nae, you’re my angel. Lil Tunechi Jr., you’re the man. Lil Kam, you’re the best heartbreaker. Lil Neal, you’re the littler meatball.
I love you all!