Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Students shame Cambridge University on Suicide Sunday
Cambridge University end-of-exams party "Suicide Sunday" lived up to its reputation with students collapsing in the streets after downing excessive amounts of alcohol Passers-by were shocked to see rowdy bikini-clad students struggling to stand up and vomiting at midday on a Sunday afternoon.
This year for the first time in 80 years the garden party, organised by the Wyverns, an all-male Magdalene College drinking society, had to be held in a new location after officials banned students from holding the event on university land.he decision was made after a 23-year-old student was arrested during the infamous jelly wrestling contest for punching a spectator.
Extra security and police were also drafted in this time to patrol the party, whilst other college parties elsewhere in Cambridge were cancelled.
But despite the new venue the end-of-exams celebration followed the same format with a blazers and bikini theme, and riotous drinking games.
"The way the students were behaving was absolutely disgusting," said one passer-by.
"It was only midday on Sunday and there were lots of families and young people around enjoying the sunshine.
"The students were lying across the verges, lots of them were vomiting and they were singing rowdy drinking songs.
"I understand they want to celebrate the end of their exams but they were completely out of control."
Hundreds of students turned up to the event which has traditionally been held in Trinity Old Field but was this year held in the grounds of Anstey Hall, a restored seventeenth century manor house in the sleepy Cambridgeshire village of Trumpington, three miles away from the university.
Many had to be carried or helped away from the five hour party and the police stepped in to help one party-goer who collapsed on a verge.
The highlight of the day was the jelly wrestling contest, with hundreds gathering to watch bikini-clad female students battle it out for a £250 prize.
Some garden parties were cancelled this year as college authorities have become extra wary of binge drinking.
The Newnham Nuns' garden party was cancelled by the college and many students were forced to hold initiations in secret.
Natasha Wear, president of the Newnham Nuns, said: "The college needed to be seen to be doing something to combat the problem of binge drinking."