January 25, 2012
Every day on the Queens campus, you’re likely to find a handful
of students huddled around the baby grand piano in the D’Angelo
Center lobby. And if you stop and listen to their impromptu jam
sessions, you’ll likely say to yourself, “Wow, these kids are
you can see the musical talents of our students with your own eyes,
anytime you want, by watching the “We Need a Dollar” music video.
Written and performed by our students, the song parodies R&B
star Aloe Blacc’s hit single, “I Need a Dollar” by using completely
original, St. John’s-themed lyrics.
Directed by the Office of Institutional Advancement’s Giscard
W. James ’05CPS, ’11MBA, the video tells the unique stories of
eight different students and illustrates why support from alumni
and friends – even the gift of just a single dollar – is so
“Our goal was to make a video that showcased our talents,” said
Communications major Paige Acevedo ’12C, who wrote the song’s
lyrics. “We all enjoyed singing and performing together, but that’s
just a small part of what we do. Every week, we’re going to class,
going to work-study, doing community service, attending games,
working part-time and more. We juggle a lot, and we wanted the
video to convey that – which it does!”
song emphasizes how a gift of a single dollar can go a long way in
furthering the education of St. John’s students. From scholarships
to academics, campus activities to state-of-the-art facilities,
your gift – no matter what the amount – will make a
“St. John’s has become like my second home,” said History major
Vincent Illuzzi ’12C, who plays guitar on the song. “I wouldn’t be
the person I am today if it weren’t for the activities, friendships
and connections I made on campus. I really owe a lot to the donors
who have helped make my St. John’s experience so great.”
Some viewers may get a bit nostalgic while watching the “We Need a
Dollar” music video, since it was filmed on the Queens campus and
showcases many of its most recognizable landmarks, including the
Great Lawn, Carnesecca Arena, St. John Hall, Belson Hall and St.
Thomas More Church.
think anyone who has ever attended St. John’s can relate to this
video,” said performer Marquise Harris ’14CPS, a sophomore studying
Dramatic Arts, Film and Television. “You see us hanging out on the
Great Lawn, walking past the church, playing music in the D’Angelo
Center, and I think alumni who watch it will probably be reminded
of the days when they were students at St. John’s. We’re following
in their footsteps here on campus.”
Help spread the word about the “We Need a Dollar” music video!
Share it on Facebook and Twitter and let’s see if we can
get the video to go viral.
Additionally, be sure to click here and donate your own
dollar to help our students get the most out of their St. John’s