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T-Pain for President of FSU?

August 5, 2009 a break from serious news, here is the lighter side.

If Justin de la Cruz, an FSU graduate student, and nearly six hundred “T-Pain for FSU Prez” group members had their way, the popular rapper would replace outgoing T.K. Wetherell as the next President of Florida State University.

The movement’s Facebook page features an impassioned case to FSU’s Trustees:

We need new leadership. Someone who knows the unique needs of a school like FSU. Someone who grew up in Tallahassee, who can relate to the people. Someone with a proven track record of success.

Their campaign, or rather “cam-pain”, started last week, but has spread like wildfire thanks to several media mentions, inventive promotional t-shirts and an endorsement of the group’s efforts from T-Pain himself.

The group has even formulated a platform for their candidate, which includes:

  • Widespread collaboration among the faculty of different departments: Guest spots on each other’s papers and projects.
  • Complimentary dranks for everyone (students and faculty) representing FSU at all academic conferences.
  • Annual Ice Cream Social to take place “On A Boat”.
  • Replacing the water in all campus fountains and water fountains with “Cham-Pain”.
  • The formation of the FSU College of Hip Hop, with a new Rap Concert Hall to break ground in Spring 2010.

When asked about the student-originated campaign, outgoing FSU President T.K Wetherell said, “I don’t know what a T-Pain is. Can he lobby the legislature, that’s all I want to know.”

Somehow, we don’t forsee lobbying as an insurmountable obstacle for the rap icon, who was ranked #34 on the Time 100 most influential people in the world list in 2009. We would like to imagine T-Pain’s lobbying would be something like this:

Let me buy you a drank. I’ma take you to F-S-U with me. Cause we need money in tha bank. Shawty whachu think about that? Just a couple ol’ greenbacks.

Okay, maybe T-Pain wouldn’t be the greatest lobbyist. De la Cruz admits his motivation was to “get some alternative ideas of people for president – not that this is the perfect candidate or anything.” But, never defeated, he is planning a pep rally prior to FSU’s Labor Day game aganst Miami. He is searching for local sponsors in Tallahassee.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2009 6:20 pm

    T-Pain and Florida State – truly a match made in heaven.

  2. August 7, 2009 12:08 pm

    Great coverage. Thanks.

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