Changes in Harrisonburg After James Madison Springfest

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Six months have passed since hundreds of students gathered for an annual party known as Springfest party.

Since then, James Madison University has created a task force and other educational programs to make students better neighbors.

However, some students say they'll keep doing what they've been doing.

Some students believe the local economy would crash if JMU wasn't in Harrisonburg.

Still, some neighbors in the city think Springfest was an isolated incident.

Six months after the party, some students say partying hasn't stopped. JMU senior Jameson Murphy says students have raised the bar when it comes to partying.

"Everyone thinks of us as a party school, so we live up to the standard," says Murphy.

The university may be working to cut down on partying, but in terms of drinking, Murphy believes little has changed.

"Drinking happens," adds Murphy. "It's always going to happen."

One former student government executive resigned this year, after police arrested him for drinking-related charges in the city.

Police presence in Harrisonburg has increased, which some students say is evident but unnecessary.

Besides policing the city, JMU spokesman Don Egle says there's more to be done.

"I think we've taken some good steps, but they're beginning steps," comments Egle.

In the summer of 2010, changes were enacted by the City of Harrisonburg and JMU to deal with drinking.

In pages of arrest reports, many college-age people face drinking-related charges.

Student Government Association President Andrew Reese says he's working with the university to bring a different type of spring time event to campus.

Reese says students have a "pretty good realization of what happened, and we clearly don't want it to happen again."

In a recent meeting with the City of Harrisonburg, Reese said advancement was made. He said a relationship is being built with those who live in the city.