Monday, April 11, 2011

Wiz Reactions

Well, well, well... Another Scope concert and another overflow of negative (and a few positive) remarks thrown every which way... "it wasn't organized" "Scope sucks" "Scope blew it" "It wasn't Scope's fault, it was all the wasted kids" "what was the point of the wrist bands" blah blah blah... you complaints truly make a difference. (Not).

I did not go to the concert, but I talked to a fair amount of people who did. There was one pretty overlying response I got. (Well technically two). For the majority (but not on the whole) underclassmen tended to blame Scope while upperclassmen tended to blame overly drunk students. One email sent to me said "...people were wicked shitty, stoned/drunk/who the fuck knows. It was an overall a piss-poor ability from the student population to handle themselves when under the influence of whatever..." And it continued "We were both fairly intoxicated, but we know better. Plus we weren't puking in the bathrooms at the Whit like half the female population seemed to be. You paid money to go to a show, and you're so drunk you are puking and probably won't remember any of it. Yup, that's intelligent right there."


There is a common trend between all the complaints: Maturity. When I was younger I probably would have been all over Scope, but understanding what they have to deal with makes a big difference. Scope can't override what the Fire Chief says. I wouldn't want to have to deal with all that shitty shit, would you? Don't get me wrong, things can always be handled better, but I think that is it important to remember that Scope members are regular students like you and me. They are not professionals so it is not fair to assume that everything will go over smoothly. I think the bigger problem is with UNH and the local police. I heard a lot of cops being over physical and aggressive with the crowd, which is highly inappropriate. Most cops here aren't too bad, but there are a select few who abuse their powers.

Via Twitter I learned that by 10PM 14 people were already in protective custody at Strafford County. On the whole night 48 people were arrested (including Mac Miller's DJ). An undercover cop came "uncomfortably" close to arresting Wiz. 48 fucking people in one night! I set the over/under at 50!  It's things like this that give UNH a bad name (see: Daily Beast ranking UNH the worst drug school, which was based off arrests). In comparison, the same concert tour went to Rhode Island the night before and there were only 2 arrests.

College students drink. Underage college students drink. Zero tolerance policies do not work and only make things appear worse. It has become apparent that changes need to be made, but the current policy obviously isn't working. I'm not saying that law breakers shouldn't be punished, but there are other ways to go about this problem. Students need to learn to take responsibility for their actions and mistakes, but so does our administration and the police.

Stay classy, not UMassy.

9 comments:

  1. UNH freshmen = absolute retards. SCOPE had poor planning too and should have played less of what they did by ear, but whatever. Some stuff was out of their control, but the way they handled it wasn't optimal.

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  2. I'd like to hear more about the DJ getting arrested and Wiz nearly getting arrested, I'm sure that would have made for a nice riot.

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  3. Yeah, unfortunately I don't really know what happened. Just word of mouth that it did...

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  4. Personally, I think it's fucking lazy that both of SCOPE's music events this year have been Campus Consciousness Tours.

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  5. Good commentary and I'm glad that my moderately angry rant of an email was of use to you. Written while hungover and without Hoco breakfast (not a good combo!)


    I also agree with Rusty.

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  6. Blame it on the PopoApril 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    So I'm a giant mooch. I take advantage of going to school's spring concerts (I always find a way to get student pricing at ALL the spring college shows I go to). Anywho... this weekend, I traveled across New England to Umaine on Thursday for Girltalk, UNH Friday for Wiz, and UConn on Saturday for B.O.B. and Far East Movement. Let me tell you one thing. UNH WAS THE ONLY SHOW THAT THERE WERE MORE THAN 3 COPS AT. I don't know what their problem is. Wiz was by far put on the best show of the three I saw, but I had the worst experience. I felt like I was at a middle school dance again, with cops being the chaperones. Chill your scene UNHPD.

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  7. It looks like Mac Miller's DJ, DJ Clockwork aka Garrett Uddin of Ohio was the one that had a run in with the cops. Clockwork/Uddin was listed in the police log in the TNH.

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  8. the entire school wanted/bitched about wanting to see Wiz Kalifa i dont think it matters at all what tour he was on...the Whitt staff are total a-holes and nothing can happen to their precious arena, which is the reason for all the cops/undercover etc. Thats why you go to a field house show and its totally awesome (minus maybe the soundd) but for reals no place on campus besides the rooms in the MUB are actually build for concerts, so what can we expect eh..kids just need to RELAXxxx and get over themselves, learn to enjoy it

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  9. Having worked with students at UNH and URI I can assure you that the URI kids are in no way better behaved than UNH....I think they are probably worse. But it's not just UNH, it's the laws in NH- internal possession is something unique to the Granite State which is what gets most underage students into trouble.

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