Tigerfest safety improves
Only six medical transports occurred during Tigerfest April 27, according to Deputy Chief of Towson Police Joe Herring.
There were also fewer citations given out during the event, according to Towson precinct Lt. Randy Guraleczka in a Towson Patch article.
“Security was maintained at a reasonable level to facilitate a safe and secure event for all who attended,” Herring said. “The security plan was a small piece of the overall planning process for the event. Planning was completed by a diverse committee that met frequently leading up to the event.”
Freshman Marissa Schick said she believes the security level at Tigerfest was appropriate, and students should take the responsibility for themselves during the event and afterwards.
“There is no need for anyone to try and control us further,” she said. “We are all adults here. The University did their part attempting to ensure that students behaved the way they should have but the rest is up to the individual. Tigerfest was a lot of fun and a great representation of what our school is all about.”
Some students, however, said they felt unsafe during and after the event.
“I actually felt a little insecure after Tigerfest,” freshman Brian Brown said. “There were a lot of people drunk walking around campus and hanging around Paws. I was cautious walking around campus because you never know what a drunken person will spontaneously do to you. Students had a hard time walking up everywhere, people were just sitting down [and] throwing up.”
One incident was a fight that broke out among seven students outside the 7-Eleven on East Joppa Road, which was recorded and later broadcasted on YouTube.
Herring said that an incident such as the fight falls under the jurisdiction of both TUPD and BCPD.
BCPD could not be reached for comment.
“TUPD has concurrent jurisdiction for the roadways surrounding campus,” Herring said. “Additionally, at the request of BCPD, TUPD will provide assistance at other locations such as University Village or further north on York Road. A fight on York Road, occurring contiguous to the campus would likely draw the response of both agencies. In most cases the reporting and investigation would be handled by BCPD.”
Based upon the high number of alcohol transports during last year’s Tigerfest, Baltimore County Police Department and Towson University Police Department increased security awareness over Tigerfest weekend.
The Towerlight reported in the April 23, 2012 issue of The Towerlight that the University increased the amount of money it gives to BCPD every year to help with Tigerfest security from $12,000 to $14,000, and 42 people were charged with civil or criminal offenses during last year’s Tigerfest.
UPDATE: There were a total of three transports due to alcohol-related illness, according to Herring