James Madison U. President Assails Student Rioters as an ‘Embarrassment’

The president of James Madison University has told students on the Virginia campus that their “collective behavior” at an off-campus event that turned into a riot on Saturday was “an embarrassment to your university and a discredit to our reputation.” In an e-mail message, the president, Linwood H. Rose, assailed students who attended the event, called Springfest, and engaged in property destruction, public drunkenness, and personal threats. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, more than 30 people were arrested when the police tried to break up the festival, which usually attracts 1,000 to 2,000 attendees but on Saturday drew 8,000, some from other campuses and even out of state.

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