For 2011, Gullfest was deemed a sober event; We're talking dry, as even 21 year olds were being turned away for drinking beforehand. Multiple eye witnesses report almost every other student being breathalized at the door, with numerous arrests taking place (because we don't have bigger problems in Salisbury). Sounds like the kind ideal college student enviroment: Sober and filled with police and arrests. Seeing as many of us are 21 and liquor is readily available ON CAMPUS during oktoberfest, then why the hell is SU crying foul? Why the sudden crackdown on student events? Students may thank the Campbell (sorry...Camden) Neighborhood Association and Salisbury's city government (as if there's a difference) for pressuring the University to harass us.
There is one specific occurance which calls for special attention. Although, they wish to remain anonymous, two Monster (the energy drink) representivies, who are students at Salisbury University, have reached out to The Other Sby News to share their story of being knee deep in gullshit without a paddle. The two promoters were on the sidewalk across from the athletic fields, on Powers St, handing out free Monster Energy Drinks. Keep in mind that this area is not considered school property, but city owned. Well, the representivies were ripped a new asshole by the event coordinator, as well as being harassed by the door staff about 4-5 times. Moreover, the University tried to pull some James Bond shit (fail), by having a Saferide van pull up, and the employees leap out like some ghetto ninjas and try to forecefully grab the Monster....subtle. Their excuse was that the Monster representivies were littering, since they were 3 feet away from where their Monster was placed on the sidewalk. However, the shit just keeps exploding. The fact that one of the representivies was smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk seemed enough of a meritable offence for them to claim the Monster. So, first the University tried to revive prohibition and control the smoking age as well (just for kicks)- once again this was not on school grounds.
Eventually, the Salisbury Police were sent over...yea, we know. After a quick consideration, the cops recognized that the Monster representives were not doing anything wrong (much to the constipated event staff's conflicting opinion), and therefore could not be arrested. So basically the University event staff was harassing the Monster Representives for no reason. When asked however, those affiliated claim that they did not want Monster to interfear with the proformers sponsorships. Yes...because Mike Posner is really concerned that he'll lose his sponsorships. Regardless, there are two massive problems with this...
A. Monster is owned by Pepsi, which Salisbury University is sponsored by.
B. It was on public property, not on concert grounds which means that the University can't do shit.
On top of drinking and smoking, the University appears to be trying to regulate energy drink intake as well. Thank you Salisbury, but students are not looking for another paternal figure. We've got two and they're doin' just fine. We want out rights to be respected not encroached upon. This is an excellent example of students being informed of their rights and not being afraid to stand up for them. The city and apparently parts of the University think students are ignorant politically; therefore, they can order us around as they please. The time this stops needs to be NOW. Gullfest is the ONE BIG student event this year, and lets be honest, it sucked dick only as expertly as Albero can. You need some ice for that burn?