The artist currently believes that West Hall is named after him
Clare Myers, Amateur Rapper, B.A. M.C.
In an unprecedented move, rapper Kanye West announced his intention to attend the official inauguration of the University of Dallas West Hall.
“YEEZUS TAKING OVER THE BIG D,” he declared via Twitter late Saturday night, causing a large percentage of his 10 million followers to speculate on the meaning of the tweet.
Further investigation into the matter revealed that the celebrity had been led to believe that UD’s newest dorm had been named after him. Dore Madere, director of student life, attributed the misunderstanding to students tweeting “#KanyeHall” in reference to West Hall.
“These hashtags might seem harmless,” Madere said, “but they caused a huge misunderstanding. Students need to be more aware of how others will react to what they say. Even on Twitter, you are representing the University of Dallas.”
The rapper continued to express his enthusiasm for the honor via the social networking site. The tweets could not be reprinted here due to language and lack of clarity, but West seemed excited to be recognized by a liberal arts university for his contributions to the music industry.
“I am so credible and influential and relevant, and I believe that this is the right choice for the University of Dallas,” West said in a statement released Sunday. “I have changed the face of music more than anyone else ever has and students should get the privilege of living in a dorm named after me.”
University administration scrambled Sunday night to correct the misunderstanding, which Dr. John Plotts, vice president of enrollment and student affairs, called “alarming.”
“Mr. West claims to be ‘a god,’” Plotts said. “As a Catholic university, we cannot be associated with him.”
The rapper has generated controversy in the past for appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine wearing a crown of thorns and referring to himself as “Yeezus.”
Last year, he spoke to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, responding to criticism about his self-image.
“When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a god,’ everybody says ‘Who does he think he is?’” West complained. “I just told you who I thought I was. A god. I just told you.”
According to university officials, President Thomas Keefe attempted to remedy the situation Monday morning by personally calling West. When Keefe began to explain that the dorm was not actually named after him, the celebrity appeared to ignore him.
West demanded, instead, that a life-size portrait of himself be put in every room of the dorm.
“I’mma let you finish,” West allegedly said to Keefe. “But I am the best-looking rapper out there.”
“The conversation was unproductive, to say the least,” Keefe said. “I am confident, however, that with increased communication, we will be able to make our intentions clear to Mr. West.”
Keefe expressed his hope that the publicity would benefit the university and ultimately prove positive. He also expressed the hope that West would enjoy the complimentary package of UD sweatshirts and T-shirts that was sent to him.
West’s tweets suggest otherwise, however.
“TRY AND NAME A DORM AFTER ME AND TAKE IT BACK,” he tweeted late Monday night. “CAN’T MAKE UP