Superstar entertainer Kanye West has been making some unannounced visits to Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where the rapper talked with students as part of his community service sentence.
West struck a plea deal, including volunteer hours, after allegedly attacking a photographer at LAX last year. His appearance on campus, the latest late last week, is causing campus buzz and social media postings.
"I just heard he was here like giving advice to the fashion students," said sociology student Veronica Castro. "I think it's good that he was interested in coming to this school."
West was found guilty of battery in the LAX assault case and ordered to serve 240 hours of community service. Included in the sentence are two anger management classes, 24 months of probation, and a requirement to stay 100 yards away from photographer David Ramos, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court public information official.
A spokesperson for the community college — who did not respond to requests for further details —said West is a guest of the fashion classes at the school, not a teacher.
Biotechnology student Heather Stokes said she originally thought news of West's visit was a prank.
"My friend texted me about it Friday," Stokes said. She added she was happy to have West at her school. "I'm all for it," she said, as long as he doesn't cause any traffic problems.
The school is coming off another high profile campus visit: in July, it hosted President Obama.
William Washington, a recent cosmetology program graduate, said there's been chatter around campus about West's recent visit. But for Washington, it was the president's summer visit that was historical.
"Kanye doesn't even cross my mind, but Obama, that's remarkable," he said.