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Aggies go to BET’s 106 and Park to represent A&T on TV

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On Oct. 16, a select number of A&T students were given an opportunity to travel to New York City to attend tapings of BET’s 106 & Park.

Students selected to attend were chosen based on academics and recommendations from the chairpersons of their department.

“We went to the department heads and let them take the top 5 percent of each department and let them go on the trip. It’s an extra incentive for those kids that are doing good in school and it shows that we appreciate what they are doing,” said Robert McNair, intramural sports director and event coordinator.

The trip was made possible by A&T alumnus and BET host Terrance Jenkins.

As a result of his cooperation and the work done on the part of university relations and the department of student events, A&T students were allowed to attend two tapings.

The first taping that took place at 2 p.m., for a special edition of 106 & Park titled the “Black Party,” featured Sean “Diddy” Combs.

All students and audience members in attendance were required to dress in all black. The show that was taped to air on Tuesday, Oct. 17, was done in anticipation of the release of Diddy’s upcoming album, “Press Play,” which was released on that Tuesday.

On the show, Diddy spoke about his new album and what surprises the general public could expect from it. He also talked at length about important moments that transpired during his career. As the show concluded, Diddy autographed copies of his album and the cover of the latest issue of Vibe magazine for the audience members.

After the first taping ended, A&T students had the opportunity to meet Jenkins and co-host Rocsi, as well as take pictures with them. Afterwards, students and chaperones had lunch in the cafeteria of the CBS studio before changing into their blue and gold attire for the next taping.

The 6 p.m. show was recorded live and aired on Monday evening.

All students wore Aggie colors, and Jenkins took time out to plug what he called the “greatest school on earth,” A&T.

The show also featured another appearance by Diddy, as he surprised everyone by briefly stopping by the set to speak more about his upcoming album and other activities that were happening throughout the week on BET.

The show closed out with SGA President Arnita Floyd-Moody,presenting both hosts with A&T paraphernalia.

After the final taping ended, the students and chaperones prepared to make the long journey back to Aggie land.

Langston Clark, a senior physical education major who attended the trip, felt that being on BET was a good move for the school.

“What I enjoyed the most was that the fact that it was homecoming week and we got the chance to show our Aggie pride and represent our school on cable television,” Clark said.

Even students who are familiar with the N.Y. area, such as senior elementary education major Shameerah McQueen, felt that the entire idea of the trip was a great business move on the part of the university.

“Even though I am from New York, I have never been to a taping of 106 & Park. The itinerary of the events looked like something that you would only do while in college,” McQueen said.

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