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Ludacris at GWU and More

In “George Washington Slipped Here,” Mal Kline recounts recent goings-on at George Washington University:
·        Six GWU students were among those arrested for protesting on White House property without a permit as a part of the World AIDS Day rally. The students were decked out as needles, pill bottles and doctors with coats stating “Missing Doctors.”
·        And one guest lecturer on campus was the rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who discussed AIDS prevention.
Kline says of Ludacris:
He delivers an altogether different message in some of his hit singles, such as the million-seller Move B—-: “Move, b—-, get out the way, get out the way b—-, get out the way, Move b—-, get out the way, get out the way b—-, get out the way.” The funding for his appearance was raised by fraternities on campus.
In the course of chronicling these zany doings, Kline cites former GWU president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg who said at a GWU commencement a couple of years ago, “If anyone has a mortarboard, you can move your tassels from right to left, right to left, which is what I hope happened to your politics in the last four years.”
A ludicrously tendentious message from a campus leader – atop other  “ludacrisness” on the campus.

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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