Dear University at Albany Students:
On Saturday, March 12th, we were faced with the knowledge that a number of UAlbany students participated in destructive activities in the City of Albany. We are struggling to understand why these students would blatantly disrespect themselves, their neighbors, and the values of this campus in order to participate in such negative behavior. The shocking conduct of a few that day stands in stark contrast to the behavior of the vast majority of hard working students who are intent on pursuing an education and contributing to society.
The University is now facing severe criticism. The behavior exhibited by some of our students has many questioning the integrity of our University and, as a community, we must respond. Consequently, we face some difficult choices, including the future of Fountain Day.
Recent Fountain Day activities have required substantial efforts to mitigate negative student behavior. While Fountain Day continues to be a source of school pride, there remains a contingent of students who use this day as an excuse to promote excessive alcohol consumption that compromises everyone's safety.
Although I am deeply saddened by this decision, I am announcing the suspension of Fountain Day in 2011. I regret that this action will punish students who had no role in the disturbing events of March 12. But the need to proactively respond and to uphold our reputation has never been greater. In light of last weekend's incidents and difficulties with Fountain Day in prior years, we simply cannot continue to sponsor this event in its current form.
This is a regrettable choice, but the right decision. There is much at stake here: your education, your future success, and the success of the University at Albany. I call upon each of you to work together during the next academic year to develop a spring event that can become a meaningful, safe and fun tradition. We must stand together in our resolve to forge the future we envision together.
George M. Philip
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Anyway Great Danes, looks like you guys fucked up this time. Now the administration is going to be up everyone's ass every time a drunk student even crosses the quad. It's bullshit, but maybe destroying random cars and assaulting police was a little much. I'm just saying.