As part of the promotion of work done at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and to bring awareness to the issue of recycling, the university has created “Facts of the Matter,” a rap music video about recycling. The lyrics are written by Michael Mann, the university’s Facilities Operations Coordinator. The video was released by the university in conjunction with national America Recycles Day November 15. The video was produced by the Department of Communications and Marketing.Mann in to give a presentation to IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll and members of the university leadership team on the university’s recycling program. Mann took all the statistics he could gather about the program and wrote a rap.
It was nothing new to Mann, a former football star at IUP who has worked at his alma mater for the past 15 years. Since he was a young man, he has used rapping as a form of therapy for his stutter, which has made speaking not only challenging, but frustrating.
“I knew I could rap,” Mann said, “and I knew that I could deliver it the right way.”