By: Sara Douglass – News Editor
The students and staff of William Paterson University have spoken and the genre for Spring Jam 2017 will be hip-hop.
Just over 650 people voted in a poll to determine the genre of WPU’s annual concert and hip-hop dominated, earning nearly half the votes. Following behind hip-hop were R&B and Pop coming in second and third place respectively. Earning just 3 percent of all votes and coming in last place was Latin.
“The rationale behind the poll is to make sure the student body has a voice in the selection process of this year’s Spring Jam artist,” said Khamely Rodriguez, the stident chairperson of the Spring Jam committee.
Hannah Maclean, a freshman and Gender Studies major at the university, is excited about the genre choice for her first Spring Jam experience.
“I love hip-hop,” MacLean said. “I listen to it every day.”
The Student Activities Programming Board, the Student Government Association and Campus Actives, Service & Leadership host the annual concert. The performance takes place in the university Rec Center and starts with a party-like atmosphere with a DJ before transferring into the opening act and headliner.
This year’s opening act will be determined through a local talent search. Kennedy Smith, a senior and media production major at WPU, is hoping to maybe take that opening act spot.
“I was trying to fight for that a few years ago,” Smith said. “So now that I found out that it’s hip-hop, and since I do hip-hop as well, I’m very happy.”
Headliners in past years for Spring Jam include Big Sean, Jhené Aiko and most recently Fabolous, who performed in front of a sold-out crowd of about 1,500 people. According to Rodriguez this year’s concert’s capacity will be reduced to 1,250 people to make sure everyone enjjoys the concert comfortably.
According to Maribel Rodriguez, associate director of CASL, in previous years the committee made the choice of who headlines. However, this year they implemented the voting poll on Pioneer Life. As of now there is no information to release on who this year’s performer will be.
Many students are planning on attending this year’s Spring Jam, and the genre of music would have very little impact on their interest level, unless it was country.
“Yeah I really don’t think I could have gone to a country Spring Jam,” said Anisa Ellis-Smith, a senior who will be working the concert.
Although the headliner will not be announced until March, students still have some hopes for who it might be. Rachel Hoats, a senior and exercise science major, has big wishes for Beyoncé, while Andrew Massefski, a sophomore accounting major, thinks Lil Wayne or Eminem would be cool for the show.
“I don’t know who’s even out right now that we could afford,” Smith said. “So I really don’t know what to expect.”
For tickets and more information on Spring Jam 2017 students can contact the office of Campus Activities, Service & Leadership.