Months after canceling the annual tradition of Spring Fling due to the prevalence of skipped classes and drinking, Student Activities announced Friday that it will host an alternative event on Saturday, April 12.
Cherry-On Experience Day will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Geasey Field track and Lot 1. Afterwards, an outdoor movie will be played on the Geasey Field track.
Spring Fling was cancelled last year by President Theobald, who called the event a “a bacchanal, a drinking fest” and said it had lost its roots as a promoter of Main Campus activities to commuter students, instead encouraging students to skip class and attend off-campus parties.
Last years’ event was marred by the death of 19-year-old West Chester University student Ali Fausnaught, who fell off the roof of an off-campus rowhouse where she had been visiting friends.
Administrator’s said last fall when announcing the cancelation of Spring Fling that their decision was not the result of the teenager’s death.
Cherry-On Experience Day will move the traditional spring celebration from Wednesdays to Saturday. Security will be posted at entrances to the event along Broad and 15th streets to make sure students are not bringing in alcohol, or acting in an unsafe manner, Chris Carey, director of student activities said.
“We want this to be program where students can enjoy themselves,” Carey said. “There’s going to be a process where we are making sure students are coming through to Geasey Field and Lot 1, they’re not bringing alcohol in and people are behaving appropriately and enjoying the actual events and not seeing this as a big open party, as was the case a little bit.
The event will feature a food festival run by the Philadelphia Food Trust that will feature food trucks and booths from local restaurants along 15th Street –which will be shut down during the event – and Lot 1, the area between McGonigle and the Pavillion. In addition there will be music. a mural painting, a tough mudder-like event and laser tag.
Veronica Hunter, the associate director of affairs, said Student Activities will review the outcome of the event to determine whether or not they want it to become an annual event.
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