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St. John's University (MN) Cancels Exploitive Rap Concert

According to The Record, the student newspaper of St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, on Friday, March 15 university officials disinvited rap and hip hop artist Sammy Adams. Adams had been named March 7 as a performer for the spring ’13 Pines concert.

University officials made the decision to cancel the concert due to concerns about his "promotion of binge drinking and the objectification of women" in his lyrics, according to The Record.

“St. Ben’s and St. John’s strive to educate students to understand appropriate boundaries, especially with regard to alcohol and consensual sex,” Mike Connolly, dean of students at St. John’s, told TommieMedia. “Adam’s music is in direct conflict with these educational goals.”

SJU Vice President of Student Development Fr. Doug Mullin, OSB and CSB Vice President of Student Development Mary Geller reportedly canceled Adams’ performance.

“The Joint Events Council expresses our sincerest apologies for failing to realize the potential negative impact of signing an artist whose works do not represent our Catholic, Benedictine values,” an official statement read. “In the search to bring a dynamic, high-energy and known musician to campus, the Joint Events Council overlooked the exploitive and negative content of Sammy Adams’ music.”

The university reportedly had already paid Adams approximately $30,000 to perform. The Record estimated that the dollar amount equates to between $6.42 - $9.50 per student.

In response, students have taken to social media to express their frustration, creating a #FreeStJoe Facebook page, that has garnered more than 1,200 likes. Students are also planning an April 27 protest.

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