Donald Trump, spring concerts, and lesson on elections

By Shawn McFarland

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This past Monday, Chase Bryant and Jana Kramer were announced as the headliners for the 2017 Spring Concert, held on Apr. 22. To some, country is a welcomed change. To others, this was a heart breaker.

This isn’t the first time this school year that our campus – no, our nation – has seen a voting process like this.
Just this past November, Donald Trump was elected president. Let me just stop you there – I’m not comparing Chase Bryant, Jana Kramer or anybody to Trump per say. I’m not that mean. But there are some critiques of both parties: Trump has, in just a few short months, proven to be both immature and unable to handle the role of president. On the other side, indoor venues and country concerts don’t exactly mesh well. Maybe I’m just splitting hairs at this point.

But I do want to toss a microscope onto the “election” of this spring concert.
I don’t think I’m out of line in saying that leading up to this past election, it felt like the majority of citizens were in favor of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or an impossible third Obama term over seeing Trump in office.

Even the numbers back that thesis – Clinton garnered 65,844,610 popular votes, nearly 3 million more than Trump. But here we stand on Mar. 9, 2017, with the latter in office and the former, well, not.

For that we have to thank the electoral college, an age-old system which uses the population of states to weight what winning each of 50 means – hang in there, I promise this is going somewhere that makes sense.

So let’s toss some hypothetical numbers out there, shall we? Now I haven’t seen the number of votes from the survey taken by students a few months back asking what we’d like to see for our spring concert. Let’s say 20% of the voters chose country. In the grand scheme of things, that’s a slim portion of campus.
But, by chance, if that beat out rap or hip hop (which seems to be the alternative option which many of the unhappy customers have tossed out there) by just a sliver of a percent, well, ta-da, you’ve got your Country Fest.

It’s easy to sit here and pout about the outcome of the spring concert vote – but that’s what it was, a vote. Sure, the majority of students may not have been in favor of country (and if they were, I’ll gladly see the numbers and eat my own words, I’m used to doing so.).
But at the end of the day, it beat out the second-highest voted option (likely rap or hip-hop, if I can go out on a limb here.). You, the majority, may not like it. But hey, a lot of people didn’t like the outcome of November’s election, but the numbers don’t lie. That seems to be the case on our own beautiful campus this week.

Moral of this long-winded story? Majority doesn’t always win. Rather, the votes that count – be it electoral, or the ones that were able to boost country over the alternatives – do. Whether you’re ready to accept it or not, some college – Springfield or electoral – is the one out they’re pulling the strings.

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