Nothing about sitting closer to the stage screams ‘important’

How exactly is Florida A&M University supposed to make its VIP feel important this week?

Our beloved university ran out of tickets Wednesday, while yours truly was patiently waiting in a line that exceeded the financial aid line on Aug. 28.

People were in line talking about how much fun the dorm step show would be and who they anticipated would win.

Some students began to talk about how the fashion show of 2004 was better than that of last year.

Others questioned who will be at the comedy show.

But everyone was interrupted when some woman, who seemed to be in charge, announced that the school had run out of tickets – free tickets anyway.

Then something that sounded very outlandish to us came out of her mouth.

She said that they had $20 VIP tickets, which she said were basically floor seats, left.

People buy floor seats to the Miami Heat games; you buy VIP tickets to The Moon on Saturday.

You don’t buy them so you can see the Paddyfote Soldiers stomp on a wooden stage in the gym.

There is supposed to be something prestigious about being VIP

They haven’t even finished putting the air conditioning in the gym yet.

What type of very important person sweats while enjoying an event?

I am not going to say that the A/C isn’t currently working, but it was not working Saturday during the volleyball game.

We weren’t incredibly hot Saturday, but we were a tad bit toasty.

Are there going to be some perks beside sitting closer to the stage that this VIP status will entail?

Maybe a bucket of fried chicken should be a part of the VIP package. We college students sure love fried chicken.

How about a massage while we laugh at the comedy show or a free t-shirt to wear during the fashion show.

If I spend $20 to be hot while I laugh at the comedy show, I better get five minutes to get up onstage and tell some jokes. VIP should get to walk down some red carpet or something.

I do not know what FAMU has planned for its very important people, but I’m not to enthusiastic about it.

I always thought of VIP as being an exclusive status, one that not everyone could obtain.

The image of expensive drinks, people wearing formal attire and least of all air conditioning was always something said VIP to me.

There is not anything VIP-ish about sitting 10 yards closer to the stage and being subject to the same heat as those who got a free ticket.

Somebody saw how many of us ticketless students were standing in line Wednesday and figured they could make a quick buck.

I think someone was being a little greedy.

Why is my own school trying to beat me out of my money?

Siraaj Sabree is a senior newspaper journalism student from Miami. He can be reached at