Students enjoy tamer W.I.L.D. from prior years
For the first time in nearly a decade, students were served beer at W.I.L.D.
Nonetheless, only one student was treated in the paramedic tent at the event, and just one other alcohol-related call was made on Friday, Washington University Police Department chief Don Strom said.
Indie-soul band Fitz and The Tantrums headlined the event.
This year’s spring W.I.L.D. featured a change in the event’s alcohol policy. Prior to this semester, students ages 21 and up were permitted to bring a six-pack of beer into the Brookings Quadrangle prior to 6:00 p.m. This semester, no one was allowed to bring beer into the event; rather, all students of legal age were given wristbands upon entering the Quad, which entitled them to three complimentary beers each.
According to sophomore Casey Hochberg, co-president of Team 31, Team 31 supplied enough kegs for 1,500 students to have three beers each. Although students stopped being served when the beer station was shut down at 9:30 p.m., there were three kegs left over.
While some students were initially against the policy, many said that it worked well.
Senior Peter Hynes had anticipated the new alcohol policy causing more students to pregame W.I.L.D., thus making it more dangerous.
“I am worried about them getting rid of the alcohol out of everything of W.I.L.D. because I think that is part of the fun of W.I.L.D. and part of the allure. The policy that they create won’t cut back on the drinking they want to cut back on,” Hynes said.
Junior Denis Balaban thought the new alcohol policy was a good change.
“I am a fan of [the alcohol policy] actually. I was able to have a good time; I saw that it was a lot safer…than it was last year, and it was just less craziness and more fun,” Balaban said.
“It was for the most part good,” Hochberg agreed. “There were some people who were ambivalent and were still opting to drink the beer.”
Many students added that they enjoyed the concert’s lineup, which featured Fitz and The Tantrums, the Dum Dum Girls and student band Petra and the Priorities.
“I actually thought [Fitz and The Tantrums] were really good. It was actually my favorite headliner band of my four years that I have seen. I think they had the right vibe. The girl singer with the tambourine had a really good voice. They just had the right vibe for W.I.L.D. I thought,” Hynes said.
With additional reporting by Michelle Merlin and Sahil Patel.