Temple cancels Spring Fling event due to drinking

Temple University has canceled its annual Spring Fling.

 

In interviews with The Temple News, administrators said that the event had changed from being an opportunity for commuter students to come together and showcase their talent to an excuse to drink excessively. 

“It’s kind of been hijacked by a group of people that make this into a bacchanal, a drinking fest,” President Neil Theobald said. “We’re not involved in that.”

A student from West Chester University fell to her death last year at an off-campus building during the event, but the university says her death is not the reason for the event’s cancelation.

The university is looking into and planning other spring events, but the decades-old Spring Fling tradition will not continue this year. 

 

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.