The backlash from this weekend's Springfest may be more broad than current James Madison University students realize.
Recent graduates say the outcome of this year's block party was embarrassing to the school's name.
However, one graduate, who didn't want her name revealed, says she's still on the students' side.
She says, "I'm disgusted by what the students did and think it got out of hand and everything, but I think it's important for the community to realize that this is a college and they could find this almost anywhere nationwide."
Bennie Eng, a 2000 JMU graduate, isn't surprised the block party got out of hand.
Eng says, "The block party was a wild time. It was fun, but at the same time, it wasn't out of hand. From what I understand, and the accounts I've read now, it's morphed into something totally different. It's basically out of control."
He remembers a similar situation happening with the block party in 2001, but he doesn't think the most recent incident will hurt the school's attendance.
Eng says, "It's almost good publicity in terms of partying for future students and enrollment, but I do think it will have a negative effect when it comes to alumni donations and the image portrayed to alumni."
While it may not impact attendance, other graduates hope something changes soon.
"You can make it one of the best parties of the year, and a great social event without being destructive," comments a 2009 graduate.
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