It’s finally here! Radford University’s annual holiday of police presence and high school students crashing on your futon has arrived just in time for Easter. That’s right, as the Radford University student body desperately clings on to whatever scraps of its “party school” reputation it has left, the university and police force prepare to deal with the thralls of out-of-town visitors and freshmen who simply don’t know any better. However, there is an increasingly large amount of students, myself included, who like to keep their interactions with SWAT teams to a comfortable zero. This isn’t a matter of “I don’t like to go out” or “I don’t need to party to have a good time.” Rather, it is a matter of high risk for a low reward.
Look around during Quadfest. The distinguishing characteristic you saw this year wasn’t hordes of party-goers having the time of their lives. Rather, you knew it was Quadfest by the overwhelming presence of our town’s beloved law enforcement community. I stayed connected to the university through social media to keep tabs on how the annual “festival” was going, and the overwhelming majority of posts were complaints about undercover officers and parties being busted.
I understand that the allure of partying in a way that college movies told you’re supposed to party is very tempting. However, the Radford student body needs to come to terms with the fact that the days that made that possible are over. The heavy police presence over the past weekend was directly created by the students themselves. I don’t make a t-shirt every time I want to go out. The only reason the officers prepare for a riot is because, every year, without fail, the student body promises to deliver one. The story is always the same, and the ending never changes.
At the end of the day, Quadfest is an outdated vestige from a time when Radford University was a legitimate party school. The only reason this horrendous weekend is still mentioned is because the student body refuses to let go of this toxic image, preferring to use it as a way to distinguish RU from any other college. Please, do not allow this to go on for another year. If you want to take your university out of the shadows of larger schools, then it is essential for you to begin affecting it in a positive way. Don’t give in to the “party school” mentality. The student body is better than that. The university is better than that. Quadfest has been dead for years, so maybe it’s finally time to plan the funeral.