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Fall Fest features Cypress Hill, giveaways

Program Board Executive Chair Seth Weinert, along with his Program Board team, has been working for months planning events for the fall and school year.

PB plans to show Mission Impossible on the Quad sometime in September. The movie was cancelled last week because of rain.

PB’s annual Fall Fest carnival will feature gi veaways, such as free haircuts by Allure magazine and food from Coca-Cola. Famed hip-hop group Cypress Hill will headline Fall Fest, performing at the event.

Cypress Hill, popular among many students, continues to stir controversy for its frequent references to marijuana.

The University recognizes the band’s controversial image and has taken steps ensure Cypress Hill’s message is not confused with the University’s stance on drug use, said Barbara Porter, director of Public Affairs.

Porter said GW officials are working closely with the band and its tour manager to make sure contractual obligations are met.

We are not goi ng to attempt to censor the band’s message … (but) there are certain contractual provisions that make it clear that GW does not condone the use of illegal drugs, Porter said.

University President Stephen Joel Trach tenberg said he agrees that the group’s message does not interfere with that of the University.

I believe in free speech; they can say anything they want, Trachtenberg said. We’ve got smart students; they aren’t going to do anything stupid just because somebody tells them to.

Weinert said the PB hires acts that match student requests.

Whenever the PB hires any kind of entertainment, it doesn’t necessarily mean we support or condone the content, he said. We try to bring in a diverse set of programming. It’s hard to find a group that doesn’t have anything to do with sex or drugs; this is the music industry.

PB has not shied away from controversial acts in the past. The Bloodhound Gang, whose lyrics are offensive to many Asians, and pornographic movies were part of PB events last year.

What students enjoy is the largest factor in picking PB events, Weinert said. Ideas of morality and decency and adherence to a uniform image between the University and student life are secondary, he said.

Weinert said pornography was brought on campus to please students who continually requested it, Weinert said.

Students kept requesting it, there’s no reason why we can’t, so we did (show pornography), Weinert said.

Although no pornographic movies will be featured this semester, PB has already begun planning events for as far in the future as Spring Fling next semester.

The students pay their activity fees to the University; they pay for everything we do, so they should participate in how that money is spent. Weinert said.

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