After nearly a decade of waiting, California State University, Stanislaus students will finally get their chance to get “hyphy” with this year’s Warrior Day headliner.
The CSU Stanislaus Warrior Activities Center announced Friday that rapper E-40 will be performing at this year’s Warrior Day on May 8.
Students have long asked for E-40 to take the stage at CSU Stanislaus after the rapper’s 2006 performance at the Warrior Welcome Back Concert was cancelled due to safety and security concerns.
"Law enforcement officers and community members expressed a great deal of concern to me that no amount of police officers and security personnel could prevent the potential for violence on the University campus and throughout the Turlock and Modesto communities,” said then-CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani at the time of the cancellation. “Our priority is to keep our students and citizens safe."
E-40 was one of the leaders of the “hyphy” movement that was very popular in the mid-2000s; at the time, law enforcement associated erratic and violent behavior with the movement.
Joining the Bay Area rapper at Warrior Day is Izze & Juicy, Libertad Norteña, and Pacific Lung, of Modesto.
Other activities include a rock wall, oxygen bar, and inflatable big baller.
Warrior Day, which is an 18 and over event, will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. on May 8 in the CSU Stanislaus Amphitheater.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday and is free for CSU Stanislaus students with a valid Warrior ID card. Student tickets must be picked up by May 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets for guests, which are limited to two per CSU Stanislaus student, are $15 for presale and $20 at the door. All tickets are available in the University Student Union Service Desk.
Warrior Day has been scrutinized in the past, even being canceled — albeit for a short time — in 2012 due to concerns of alcohol and crime. Since being cancelled and reinstated in 2012, the annual tradition has become an alcohol-free event.