University Union must diversify the musical genres it offers to students

By | September 20, 2022

This weekend, 1000’s of Syracuse College college students have been wearing fashionable outfits, crammed right into a sizzling mosh pit on the Skytop enviornment. Why, you ask me? It is all due to SU’s favourite fall occasion, Juice Jam, an occasion hosted by College Union, a student-run programming council. For individuals who could not know, Juice Jam is just not a low price range occasion. UU works arduous to seek out well-known artists to carry out for the music competition, making it a particular deal with for SU college students.

Nevertheless, it is arduous to contemplate it a music competition when the one genres performed are hip-hop and entice. After a few years of seeing the identical issues, the scholars grow to be stressed. Lately, relationship again to 2017, headliners have included Jack Harlow, 21 Savage, A$AP Ferg and Playboi Cardi. It was no shock when UU introduced the 2022 lineup, consisting of Yung Gravy, Flo Milli and T-Ache, because the group has at all times reserved artists from just one particular style.

At first look, hip-hop artists seem to be a good selection as a result of their music is “hyped” and mainstream. Whereas the artists on this yr’s Juice Jam lineup are widespread, UU has to acknowledge that there is a downside with solely attracting one style. The issue is the shortage of range. For a lot of college students, Juice Jam is just not thrilling as a result of it feels repetitive. College students really feel like they know what to anticipate. SU consists of a lot of various college students and the music ought to characterize that.

“I feel it will be higher if they’d a special number of music. Looks as if all of the previous stuff UU did, Juice Jam and final yr’s block celebration had solely performed rap. It is good however not everybody likes rap. They need to attempt to department out and get extra individuals,” mentioned SU junior Micaela Kraker.

Often, UU books a number of artists to carry out at Juice Jam and may take this chance to get a mixture of artists of their lineups. If UU requested three artists to carry out for Juice Jam and so they all belonged to totally different genres, it will make sure that Juice Jam would appeal to a bigger scholar viewers.



“I feel they might appeal to a much bigger viewers if they’d extra genres, on the identical time they must watch out as a result of they’ve to seek out artists who’ve trendy vitality,” mentioned scholar Taylor Feiden. sophomore at SU.

If performances included R&B, pop, indie, 2000s, and rap, Juice Jam wouldn’t solely have greater attendance, however it will even be extra partaking for attendees. It is also an opportunity for college kids to be uncovered to music they won’t in any other case take heed to. Co-ed programming will give a break from overplayed conventional rap and expose college students to new genres.

SU college students must be grateful to have energetic scholar members within the College Union who care concerning the faculty physique and set up occasions like Juice Jam. Nevertheless, in return, UU must be extra thoughtful of everybody at mass occasions and attempt to embrace music that may enchantment to a variety of scholars.

Sophia Leone is a sophomore, majoring in digital journalism with a minor in political science. His column seems each two weeks. She could be reached at [email protected].

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