Michael Mann at the Indiana County recycling center in a scene from “Facts of the Matter” (Photos by Bill Hamilton)
Facilities Operations coordinator at IUP, Michael Mann ’94 found an unusual way to help the university promote its recycling efforts—through a rap video.
For years, Michael had used rap as a form of therapy for his stutter. So when he needed to give a presentation last year on IUP’s recycling program, he knew how best to do it.
Michael Mann as an IndiGO bus driver in a scene from “Facts of the Matter”
IUP President Michael Driscoll was so impressed with Michael’s rap, titled “Facts of the Matter,” that he asked the university’s communications office to make a video. Bill Hamilton ’92, the video’s director of photography and editor, and Matt Burglund ’98, producer, came up with the concept that Michael would play the roles of everyone involved in the recycling process.
The video features student members of IUP’s Ecologically Conscious Organization, and even President Driscoll makes a cameo.
Michael has been on the IUP staff for 15 years. A 2007 inductee into the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame, he is the IUP football team’s all-time leading rusher and the owner of four other career records. His jersey number, 33, is one of only four the university has retired.
Watch the video: “
Rap Video Showcases IUP Recycling Program Growth across Campus.”