Audio post-production worker Scott Travers was on his closing rounds this past Monday night just before 11:00 PM, when he heard a faint but distinct bumping coming from down the hall. Upon inspecting the situation, Travers was shocked to find Emerson President Lee Pelton in Audio Suite A, bumping “Hotline Bling” by Canadian rapper Drake.
“I wasn’t sure if it was a dream or not,” Travers said. “His swag had put me in a complete state of shock.”
Travers then elaborated by saying that Pelton was completely in the zone, nodding his head and swaying rhythmically, even mimicking some of Drake’s dance moves from the music video. Pelton was apparently taking advantage of the building’s complete emptiness and the booth’s pure serenity.
“Friday nights are generally quite peaceful in the Ansin building…. maybe one or two people will need an editing suite, but that’s about it,” says Travers.
Travers waited to notify Pelton about closing time until after the song faded out, out of what he said was “respect for Drizzy,” but once he told the president it was time to pack up, things got a bit awkward.
“He said to me, ‘Step away slowly, son,’ and I did,” Travers noted.
This is not the first time Pelton has crossed with students on closing time procedures though. Last year, lab assistant Emilia Walters reported that M. Lee was found in the 3DL computer lab, and left only after Walters repeatedly flicked the lights on and off, to which Pelton unplugged his G-Drive and stormed out of the room.
“He was editing some Ice Bucket Challenge video in Adobe After Effects,” Walters said. “He was like, trying to enlarge his muscles or something… I don’t know, I just wanted to make it to the Max before the grill closed.”
President Pelton, Emerson’s 12th and easily coolest president ever, has not yet publicly sent a school-wide email addressing the irresistible R&B cut, but Travers knows that the secret won’t be safe for long.
“It was a random, chance occurrence,” Travers said. “But he has a good taste in music, and Emerson needs to know that.”
At press time, Kevin Bright was seen criss-crossing the ELA campus with headphones blaring Adele’s “Hello.”