It looks like “Stacy’s Mom” will be throwing in her towel at TGIT this year.
The Fountains of Wayne song that has become a regular Thursday tradition is being pulled from the playlist, said Allyson Grubbs, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) musical entertainment intern.
This decision has already been met with open criticism from students who frequent TGIT as they worry the University of Dallas will lose something so woven into TGIT.
Grubbs, a senior theology major, is in charge of managing musical events like Cap House, Battle of the Bands and Mallapalooza.
When asked about her job in regard to TGIT, Grubbs said she knew she wanted to do something about “Stacy’s Mom” when she found out her job did not require her to play this song.
A major aspect of her choice to omit the song is that she does not think it coincides with UD’s identity.
“The lyrics are disrespectful,” Grubbs said. “But the real problem [with “Stacy’s Mom”] lies in the celebration, and dare I say, the worshiping of ‘Stacy’s Mom.’ It’s just not UD.”
The song revolves around a narrator who falls for an older woman, forsaking the girl his age for her mother. The lyrics include the following:
“Your mom came out with just a towel on / I could tell she liked me from the way she stared / … And I know that you think it’s just a fantasy / But since your dad walked out, your mom could use a guy like me.”
Another reason for Grubbs’ decision to leave out “Stacy’s Mom” at TGIT is that few current students remember why it started being played in the first place.
Grubbs said the song began to play at TGIT back in 2012 when the 2011 fall Rome class returned to Irving.
Rose Sweeney, a UD graduate of the class 2014 and member of the 2011 fall Rome class, remembers when it all started.
Sweeney was sitting on the Due Santi campus benches in the foyer with a small group of students as they waited for a Monday night meeting to begin.
As Sweeney and her friends chatted outside, the sun began to set behind the campus vineyards. Sweeney started to sing this song because she found humor in the juxtaposition of the picturesque moment with the quirkiness of the song.
“I was impelled to sing something inspirational when looking out at the sunset,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney started singing the lines to “Stacy’s Mom.” Her friends joined in and would play the song at parties until the rest of their Rome class all knew it.
Upon returning to Irving campus, a couple of the members of the 2011 fall Rome class insisted that “Stacy’s Mom” be played at TGIT.
Through the chorus of “Stacy’s Mom,” the 2011 fall Rome class relived their days at Due Santi.
Now, the 2011 fall Rome class has long since graduated, and many of the current underclassmen do not remember why it is played at the conclusion for TGIT.
“For something to be a tradition, it is important that people know why we do what we do,” Grubbs said.
Yet despite the risque lyrics and general lack of knowledge as to why it is a tradition, “Stacy’s Mom” has found vast loyalty and fervent belief from students that it remain untouched from the TGIT playlist.
Junior Angelo Novello thinks “Stacy’s Mom” should continue to play at TGIT.
“It has far less to do with the song than with the tradition,” Novello said. “It’s fun and unique, and we should support it.”
Junior Michael Kerner worries about the effect of the song’s absence on student life when “Stacy’s Mom” is left out of TGIT.
Kerner said that small schools like UD generate quirkiness, and the tradition of playing and singing along to “Stacy’s Mom” is part of that peculiarity.
“Playing this song, though a small tradition, is a bigger deal when you realize that UD culture is founded upon small traditions like this,” Kerner said.
Other students are more passive when it comes to considering “Stacy’s Mom” a UD tradition.
“It’s a stupid song,” senior Marcos Carmona said. “I think playing a different song that our classes have more of a connection to would be a better idea.”
“I was annoyed when the song didn’t play at the first TGIT, but it makes sense to me to start our own traditions,” senior Theresa Guin said.
At last Thursday’s Texas Forever TGIT, CAB played the song only after collecting $100 from the expectant crowd in order to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
But for those who are still in love with “Stacy’s Mom,” there is a possibility you will find her at a future TGIT, but don’t count on it.
“As far as never playing it again this year, we’ll just have to see how it goes,” Grubbs said. “But if ‘Stacy’s Mom’ does not play at 12 a.m. on Friday, UD will still be UD.”
Correction: A previous version of this article misrepresented students’ opinions regarding the omission of “Stacy’s Mom” from TGIT.