philly.com – Temple University has canceled its decades-old Spring Fling, saying the event has outlived its original intent and that “high-risk” drinking posed serious concerns, according to a campus-wide email sent Monday night by school officials. The email made no mention of the accidental death of Ali Fausnaught, 19, in April. Fausnaught, a West Chester University student, fell to her death during an off-campus rooftop party near Temple during Spring Fling. She had been visiting her boyfriend. Fausnaught’s death was ruled accidental and was not directly linked to drinking. But students had been drinking on the rooftop when she fell while posing for a picture. Today’s email stated that school officials will work with student leaders and organizations to craft a new campus-wide event for spring with a different feel.
Maybe this is me speaking as an old man, but it seems like big college parties these days definitely go harder than they did in the past. Hey — use it as a point of pride. Present day schools are raging their faces off and burning shit and killing people and while it’s out of control and probably a microcosm for a larger social unrest, it’s also pretty cool. Like…your parents didn’t have buttchugging. That’s some 21st century shit.
Yet cancelling Spring Fling (or any major official school party) seems like a huge mistake. Students are just gonna party anyway, only this time it won’t be controlled by cops and University officials and instead will be random and violent. Take my alma mater, for instance. Rutgers cancelled Rutgersfest because of a little annual people-getting-shot-in-the-ass problem, then what happened? THIS:
Delafest, a made-up version of Rutgersfest only on Delafield street and involving a lot more fire and riot squads. If Temple is smart they’ll reinstate Spring Fling for the simple fact that it’s easier to keep an eye on the madness you know than the madness you don’t know.
And if they don’t, Temple — there’s always Barstool Foam.