Keep U-Fest in the U

Keep U-Fest in the U

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The Roger Williams University Department of Student Life is in the process of moving the annual U-Fest tradition from the Bayside 200's courtyard to the Lot C, the Commuter Lot across from the tennis courts, and making the event 21+. The school has done this without asking for opinions of the student body and has only publicly notified the students on April 1st, less than four weeks before the event date April 27th. The school's main reasons for the move include overindulgence of alcohol and underage drinking made possible by the location (i.e. inside the courtyard of upperclassmen housing). What the school either doesn't realize or refuses to accept is that college students will consume alcohol. Underaged and 21+ students alike, whether there is an event it is based around or not, it's an unfortunate truth, but it is the truth. U-Fest originated because students were drinking and partying across campus unchecked. By creating a popular event that allowed of age students to drink outside and underaged students to enjoy themselves in a sober manner, they managed to consolidate the parties (that were going to happen no matter what) to one area where they could be monitored by both the school's public safety as well as local police. If student consumption of alcohol could be likened to a wildfire, U-Fest would be a controlled burn. It is not ideal that a subset of students will drink more than is healthy, nor is it ideal that some underaged students will ignore school policy and the laws regarding the drinking age. I will not lie to you, U-Fest will not entirely stop unsafe/underage drinking, there will never be a way to guarantee 100% legal and safe consumption of alcohol by college students. What U-Fest can do, however, is gather many of the upper-class students and encourage them to drink in a safe environment. If students overindulge there are public safety officers and EMTs on the scene to look after them, if students get unruly there are Bristol Police officers to handle those situations. BUT, if U-Fest becomes unpopular enough that students stop attending the event (which many students have said will happen if the move goes through) U-Fest will have defeated its own original purpose. Students will just return to what they did in years prior to U-Fest and drink anywhere else on campus, without the supervision or help of Public Safety, Student Life, or Bristol Police. On top of these points, there are logistical issues involved in the move. Though the event has never officially relied on student residents opening their doors to friends, it is well known that many residents allow other students to use their apartment as a place to rest as well as their bathrooms. Moving the event to a parking lot would require the introduction of more bathroom facilities and seating areas to be delivered. On top of this, the event is being moved from a majority grass-covered scene to a mostly blacktop parking lot. When people drink they do stumble and occasionally fall, personally I would rather get my pants or shirt dirty in the grass/mud than take a knee or elbow to a hard parking lot.

Keep U-Fest in the Bayside 200 Courtyard and keep the event open to Junior and Senior Students regardless of age. It is both the popular action amongst students as well as the action which will be best for student safety.

In the eternal words of the Beastie Boys, "You gotta fight for your right to party".


I started this petition because...
My name is Greg Stamm, I am a senior at Roger Williams trying to enjoy my last few weeks in college to their fullest extent. I have worked for the school's event staff for all four years of my time here and have worked countless events with rows and rows of chairs open whether due to disinterest or lack of advertisement. I would hate to see U-Fest become another student event that is left empty.

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