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Viral incident prompts changes from administration

By Amanda Leon
On October 17, 2013

Prairie View A&M University officials say they will be taking steps to ensure that homecoming events are controlled by police and security, and students are held accountable for their actions since safety is a priority.
Following the Gospel Fest on Sunday, some students participated in "streaking" across the campus.
One student in particular was photographed, recorded and placed all over social media after streaking in the pond.
After the video and photographs were released, they were posted on several websites. It was even posted on a national website called World Star Hip Hop which is purely for entertainment.
The website showcases different musical artists and as well as embarrassing events in various communities.
The university's executive director for communications Sheleah Reed said, "I think that students should expect to see more security-police, faculty, and staff at all events and activities. Additionally, I suspect that students will self-govern. They will challenge each other to be better citizens, make better decisions, and protect the PVAMU image."
Student leaders have discussed ways of creating a more suitable and controlled environment for students in the future.
Junior engineering major and PAL Marcus Washington said, "It's saddening that a fellow Panther was publicly humiliated, even worse by her own PVAMU family. Whether in agreement, disagreement, or indifferent about the night's events, I believe it is our responsibility as PVAMU students to protect our school's image and reputation. Responding to the event in the way that we did is unacceptable. I only wish we could publicize positive occurrences on campus with as much enthusiasm."
Freshman medical technology major Taylor Melton said, "This is my first homecoming. It was really interesting to experience everything. Overall, the streak wasn't too out of control in my opinion, though. I do feel that security as well as police should have been more aware of what was going on. Some of the incidents that occurred wouldn't have happened if they were doing their job correctly."
Security and possible changes in the future are not the only changes being made.
Senior business major Norman Payne, known by the student body as DJ Chose, was set to DJ the Tent Party on Thursday.
However, after the release of the PV Pond Girl Freestyle in which Payne featured on rapper BeatKing's song, his presence was cancelled.
Payne said, "I just got a call to get on the track. It was already big before I got on the song. I love my school and honestly I wouldn't do anything to defame Prairie View."
"I didn't create the pond situation, I wasn't there, and I don't streak. The school knew about streaking before it even happened. There should have been enough security to stop it. I respect the decision to not allow me to DJ at the Tent Party, but I think anyone who was involved should also not be allowed to participate in other homecoming events," said Payne.

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