Just Jared: The ‘Welcome Back Weekend’ was Lit

Before I get started, I would like to say welcome back my friends! We’re finally dug out from the winter storm and we’re back on the grind to graduate! Although I liked having no classes for more than half a week, it was only a matter of time before things needed to return to normal.

But let’s be real: there was nothing normal about starting school on a Thursday with a colossal concert on the same night, a Friday night party in the union, an OT basketball thriller on Saturday, and a black history celebration later that same evening! Talk about a weekend turn up!




The fact that Fetty Wap came to perform here at Towson had me going like this…


Towson and CAB have done a great job at bringing A-list music artists to perform for us. However, this is the first time that I have seen an all hip-hop/rap concert at Towson. Let alone a rap artist as the headliner. We haven’t had a rap artist headline a concert since Wiz Khalifa in 2013’s Tigerfest…which got rained out (this would’ve been my 1st Tigerfest). So, really, it’s been since 2012 when Kid Cudi came to Tigerfest. I wasn’t a TU student yet so I missed that concert. For me, this could’ve been my first and maybe last hip-hop/rap concert at Towson. Thank you!

Plus, who hasn’t heard of Fetty Wap by now? TU faculty and staff have an excuse here, but students, you could not have gone through this past summer without hearing the phrase “1738!”

fetty wap lyrics

The fun did not stop with the January Jam. TU After Hours followed on that Friday with an equally exciting fest. I don’t know about you guys, but I will definitely spend my late nights eating from a FREE mac and cheese bar and drinking root beer floats while listening to hot music. What was most interesting was that there were a number of those really cool TU After Hours shirts hidden throughout the University Union. Congrats to anyone who found them.

BTW, did you see those caricatures by Dasia?

A Caricature of yours truly by Dasia

Now let’s talk about Saturday’s basketball game real quick. This was the most packed I have ever seen SECU Arena for a game…and yet most of the arena was not excited until the final five minutes of the 4th quarter. Not only did the game get interesting at that point, but University President Kim Schatzel had to come over and sit in the student section to hype us up! Without her, Towson would’ve lost that OT thriller.

president kim
You the real MVP! -Photo Credit: emich.edu

Finally, New Black City introduced the campus to a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and black history month. Just in time. The campus needs to continue to explore diversity and educate those about different cultures. This won’t be the last time you’ll hear of events like this.

drake clapping

Great job Towson! This is the way you welcome back your students. Now if we can this turn up going all semester and everyone still passes their classes, this will be one unforgettable spring! Let’s do it!

turn up

Check out this highlight video of the Fetty Wap concert!

-Jared M. Swain

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