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STAFF EDITORIAL

XavierFest

On April 18, 2012

The news of an event such as Xavierfest should come as a surprise for students. The Student Activities Council (SAC) is really stepping up their game. Instead of the typical "one hit wonder" artists that nobody cares about, SAC is getting creative. While the number of performers, vendors and anticipated students presentthat evening may prove to be too

much for our meager Xavier Yard to handle, we at the Newswire expect that it might be a success. XavierFest gives students the opportunity to come and go as they please. This casual, outdoor environment seems fitting for a college campus and more relaxing. Outside of the variety of bands and vendors, students of legal age will also have the opportunity to purchase beer at XavierFest. This addition to the event has the potential to draw in the often absent off-campus residents and older students. While the allure of free, live music and beer may be enough to draw in the older students, they may also decide to spend their penultimate Thursday evening in more established watering holes that won't be teeming with underclassmen and loud music. An issue is underage students getting alcoholic beverages at a Xavier sponsored event. Usually, students who are caught drinking get a slap on the wrist, but the

question is raised of who would be responsible if a student is caught underage drinking? How will this issue be addressed? We can only hope that the event planners have

addressed these issues and have a plan to keep Xavier out of getting into more trouble as the year draws to an end. The last thing we need are more fiascos for the media to highlight. And another thing - what if procrastinating students don't attend the event due to work at the end of the semester? The event is on a Thursday, for crying-outloud.

Thirsty Thursday, anyone? While the idea of a music fest may sound very appealing, it takes on a different light with a six page paper due the next day. Lastly, will the fest will be

worth the cost? XavierFest is a large event that will cost a chunk of money that could have been used to bring in a "bigger" name next year. Overall, SAC should be applauded

for their decision to put on an event like XavierFest, but

its viability as a reoccurring event will not be known until after the performers have left the stage.


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