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The Tartan

Quadfest tradition lives on at Radford University

Natalie Del Castillo

ndelcast@radford.edu

The weekend of April 22-24, 2011 marked Radford University students’ annual off-campus party that is widely known as Quadfest. The four-day celebration of the end of the semester always occurs two weekends before exam week, but this year it also fell on the same weekend as Easter.

“While both Quadfest and Easter were on the same weekend, I still made sure to give my attention to both things,” said junior Alyssa Tompkins. “I had a great time enjoying the nice weather with my friends and my sister, who came down to celebrate her first Quadfest as an alumna. It was a great end to the weekend to be able to go to church on Sunday with my sister and have our own mini-Easter together.”

Some see Quadfest as a meaningless celebration, while others take part as a way to release all the stress before it’s time to cram for exams. The City of Radford prepares itself each year to face any issues that may arise from the partygoers.

In 2009, there were 616 charges issued by the Radford City Police Department. After the riots that occurred at James Madison University’s “Springfest” last year, the number of charges were greatly reduced during Quadfest 2010, with a grand total of 370 charges. According to a tweet made this past Monday by Amy Matzke-Fawcett, reporter at The Roanoke Times, “400 arrests made at #Quadfest, crowd was about 1/3 the size of previous year, Police Chief Don Goodman said in report to council.”

Radford University Police Department reported 16 arrests from Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24. These were for charges including underage possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, public intoxication and driving under the influence. RUPD could not be reached for comment at the time of print.

It’s evident that it took an extreme situation to show students to be more cautious of how they should conduct themselves while drinking, but at the same time it is improving.

The latest spike of interest in the social media website Twitter was actively used to communicate the weekends’ events. Participants of Quadfest used hashtags to detail their daily activities. Hashtags are used on the Twitter network to transmit the subject matter a person is writing about so that all other users’ can access it in their feeds.

As the semester comes to an end, another Quadfest has come and gone. In the future lies the responsibility of preserving traditions while also paying mind to the city we reside in, as participants may have already begun looking forward to Quadfest 2012.