by Mike Bock
Last year’s Springfest has left an indelible mark on the JMU community, which school officials have tried to remedy in a variety of ways. You might have noticed press coverage for the upcoming Madipalooza, an outdoor music event that will be held at Festival Lawn on Saturday afternoon. To me, it seems that the event is turning into an “anti-Springfest”—a gathering that aims to keep students entertained without being drunk or breaking any laws. And it might actually work. I’ve talked to plenty of people who are going to Madipalooza, rather than any block parties that might pop up over the weekend.
However, one event isn’t going to change student’s attitudes towards drinking. Madipalooza is a great idea, but there need to be plenty of other alternatives to partying if we want to totally break away from the stigma of the Springfest riots.