By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
I'm Shmacked at Oklahoma State University
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -
Once again a camera crew has made its way to the University of Kansas.
Last year Al Jazeera English, a broadcast network, shot a story at KU featuring students drinking in excess and talking about sexual acts that can happen when drinking is involved. The community was very unhappy with how the student body was portrayed.
This time around the university was more prepared for the cameras.
"I hadn't heard about it until this week. Apparently it's a group that comes to campuses and video tapes students in bars and other situations," said student Jake Koester.
Koester said he's heard the buzz, but it sounds like KU won't be featured by I'm Shmacked anytime soon. No one from the company replied to KCTV5's emails for comment but, according to the company's twitter feed, they have decided not to film in Lawrence.
Thursday night they tweeted, "Gonna stop filming for the rest of the week and kick it with the jayhawks for fun, maybe we will be able to come back next year! KU-1, US-0."
And later @ImShmacked tweeted, "If you can't beat em, join em #RCJH #beattexas #nomorevideos #wavingthewhiteflag."
The company that films college students drinking arrived in Lawrence earlier in the week.
Koester said he's fine with the decision.
"I don't like getting filmed generally, definitely not after a few drinks," he said.
University officials also sound happy to see I'm Shmacked move on. A university of Kansas spokesperson issued this statement.
"Unfortunately, an outside group is making money by exploiting the bad decisions of a small minority of the university population. Glorification of dangerous drinking and irresponsible partying paints an unrealistic picture of what college life means for the majority of our student body."
Students like Koester wonder who did want the group in Lawrence.
"I even know some bars didn't want them there. Obviously no one was really looking forward to being on film, otherwise they wouldn't have left," he said.
In addition to the university itself, multiple student organizations asked their members not to participate in the videos.
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