As if you needed another reason to be disappointed by UMass Amherst‘s incredibly unfortunate decision to cancel all the EDM shows on their campus, it turns out they have a concert scheduled at the same venue that was supposed to host the Above & Beyond and Pretty Lights shows with none other than Mr. “Popped A Molly I’m Sweating” Trinidad James. For an administration so “concerned” about the “Molly Taking Culture” on its campus, it’s comically hypocritical that they’re hosting an event with one of Molly’s biggest spokespeople; this just goes to show how out of touch the administration at UMass really is.
The president of UMass’ Student Government Association sent out this statement to the the whole University after the EDM shows were cancelled:
My name is Zac Broughton and I am the President of the Student Government Association. I wanted to reach out to you today to bring some clarity on the issue of the recent EDM events that were cancelled by the university administration. First, please allow me to say that I did not and I do not support the cancelling of these events. Over the last two weeks, I was in constant communication with Vice Chancellor Enku Gelaye, and Chancellor Subbaswamy about this issue in which I stood firm and told them that we did not think it was the place of the university to dictate the behavior of students. Rather, it is the responsibility of the university to educate students so that they can make better, informed decisions. In my conversations with the administration I stressed the following:
1. Most students do not take Molly or drugs in general and therefore we should not be punishing the many for the actions of the few.
2. By canceling this event, we are saying that everyone that goes and listens to EDM music participates in Molly and/or drug culture.
3. By focusing on Molly, we are ignoring the many other drugs out there that students need to be aware of.
4. Students are adults and should be allowed to make their own choices.
5. We cannot prevent students from doing something if they have their heart set on doing it.
We can only educate and hope they will use that intelligence to make a better decision. The reason why you saw my name in that email yesterday was because I wanted to make sure you knew your SGA representatives were involved with the process and we tried to influence the outcome. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful and the events were cancelled. It was also my hope that you would see my name there and reach out to me and my peers in the SGA to share with us your outrage and ideas on what we can do in the future. I encourage you to email me, come to our office, and work with us to show the administration that this is not right. I am sincerely sorry for those of you who were inconvenienced by this decision. If there is anything else we can do, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!
Your advocate and fellow student,
Yes it was very well written, but I’ll believe his words when actions occur. These decisions were forced upon them with uneducated thoughts, and for that reason alone I can’t see this as them actually caring about the well-being of their student body, but merely protecting themselves. The administration at UMass Amherst could really learn a thing or two from the people running UMass Dartmouth, who rather than trying to legislate morality, sent out an e-mail educating students about dangers of Molly in the hopes that they would make good decisions.
If you missed out on Kaskade‘s epic rant on twitter against UMass Amherst‘s senseless hypocrisy make sure you check it out HERE.
What do you guys make of all this? Let us know what you think in the comments.