Past Eaglepalooza performers include Pitbull, Flo Rida, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and LMFAO. This year's Eaglepalooza budget is $250,000, according to Mike Rollo, vice president for student affairs. The money comes from a student activities fee and ticket sales.
"They develop a wish list of acts they'd like to see here," Rollo said, explaining that dates, artists and prices must align. "It's always been considered a hip-hop concert."
The university plans to hire 75 to 100 security officers for the concert, plus off-duty police officers and deputies, Rollo said.
Scott, whose younger daughter is a senior at FGCU and older daughter is an FGCU graduate, has restricted interviews with The News-Press since February 2012 and was not available Wednesday.
In the emails, Scott:
» Questions why the NAACP and FGCU would not object to the rappers' appearances in a similar fashion to outcry during incidents involving Paula Dean and George Zimmerman.
» Attributes much of the violence and violent behavior to "corrosive lyrics of hip-hop rap."
» Urges every group and individual to join him in protesting the "reckless rehashing of the N-word.
» Challenges Bradshaw to take control of the university instead of endorsing and promoting profanity, violence, gender and racial insensitivity.
"You run the show there Brad ... not the students," Scott wrote. "While I do agree that the race of any university president is irrelevant in this or any matter, I would think that you would be especially opposed to anyone or any act tied so closely to the university that spews the N-word with such reckless disregard."
Scott and the local NAACP have spatted in recent weeks over the sheriff's use of the N-word, uncensored, in emails deploring its usage, and also a portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee that hangs in Lee County Commission chambers. James Muwakkil, president of Lee County's NAACP chapter, said he noted Scott's concerns, but supports FGCU.
"FGCU, President Bradshaw and the student body have the right to choose the entertainers of their choice," said Muwakkil.
Although Scott challenges the NAACP to take a stand against racism, which includes use of the N-word, Muwakkil says rappers are marketing their lyrics to consumers who may not view the word in the same manner.
"It's business. That's what is selling," Muwakkil said. "It may not be what some Americans believe rappers should be saying, but they are appealing to that generation. They aren't really trying to appeal to my generation."