All quiet on the wasted front: UAF students behave themselves on Case Day

Andrew Sheeler / Sun Star Reporter
May 3, 2011

One of the two new Chevy Tahoes the University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department acquired this year. UPD patrolled on Case Day, an anual spring event at UAF. According to officers, the 2011 Case Day was unusually calm. Heather Bryant/Sun Star

It was “Case Day,” the last Friday of April, when UAF students observe tradition by drinking a case of 24 beers over 24 hours. This day was warmer than years past, and the UAF police were geared up for an increase in alcohol-related crime as a result. It was around 2 a.m. when it happened: nothing. No wild, drunken brawls. No cars swerving around the road, driven by intoxicated drivers. The impossible had happened: students at UAF behaved themselves and drank responsibly.

“You know what, this is really weird,” said Officer Clay Faris of the UAF police. This is Faris’ sixth SpringFest, and the warmest one he’s seen since his first year. During his first SpringFest, a fight had broken out during mud volleyball and “people were really drunk, really early.”

This year, it appeared that mosquitoes were a bigger threat to public safety than people were. “I mean look at this, there’s nothing happening,” said Faris.

While there were a handful of fights during the SpringFest concert, and Faris escorted a man driving with a revoked license to Fairbanks Correctional Center, all told the infamous Case Day was much more mild than years past. The police attributed this to an increased effort by UAF to emphasize SpringFest and downplay Case Day, as well as the decision not to operate a beer garden this year. Officers were content to advise the mellow drunks they encountered in public to keep their alcoholic consumption to a contained area.

“If they feel they’re getting away with it on their back porch, I’m happy,” said Officer William Keeler.

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