Community Reports Few Problems During Tigerfest Weekend

University officials credit new initiatives, changes to event.

For Towson University, no news is good news in the days after Tigerfest. And no news appears to be what the university got this year.

"It sounds like it went very well," said David Kosak, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations. He said Monday that he had received no complaints since Tigerfest on Friday.

In past years, the annual spring concert has been the catalyst for off-campus mischief ranging from noise to public urination. The university has spent money and effort in recent years to educate students and fund additional county police patrols.

Deb Moriarty, the university's vice president for student affairs, credited those initiatives and a new date and place for the event (on a Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium) for helping to create a calmer Tigerfest weekend.

"There's a vulnerability to these kinds of events across the country because the behaviors that come from major spring festivals, they're not only disruptive, but they're dangerous," she said. "What I feel really pleased about is that we were able to have the kinds of conversations with the students to work with them to present a different event."

About 3,700 attended the concert, which featured performances by Brand New, Far East Movement, Reel Big Fish and The Gentlemen. Rain ended Far East Movement's set shortly after 7 p.m., and only about 1,000 attendees moved to the Towson Center Arena, where headliners Brand New later played an acoustic set.

The attendance figure represents a drop from years past. Moriarty said some of the drop is because of the changes made to the "old Tigerfest model, where anything goes" and the absence of a bigger headlining act, "which just wasn't in the cards this year for a whole complicated set of reasons."

This year, the university , allowing for extra patrols on Kenilworth Drive and in neighborhoods including Burkleigh Square, Towson Manor Village and Knollwood/Donnybrook. At one point, the Towson precinct had as many as 17 extra officers on duty.

Police reported no major incidents during Tigerfest, but wrote numerous citations for disorderly conduct and code violations. Towson University's police log shows some alcohol violations on campus during Tigerfest weekend.

A university complaint line set up for residents received only one call the entire weekend.

G.T. Keplinger, president of Burkleigh Square Community Association, experienced the brunt of Tigerfest trouble in the past, but said this year's event created "only very minor things."

"It was definitely the most mellow Tigerfest I've ever seen, just in terms of impact," he said.


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