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Students participate in festivities on Mifflin despite stricter rules

By Velena Jones, vjones@wisctv.com
Published On: May 04 2014 09:50:50 AM CDT
Updated On: May 04 2014 10:21:07 AM CDT

University of Wisconsin-Madison students took a break from their studies Saturday to participate in a tradition spanning more than 40 years.

MADISON, Wis. -

University of Wisconsin-Madison students took a break from their studies Saturday to participate in a tradition spanning more than 40 years.

Students are still partying a year after the city of Madison called off the annual spring event known as the Mifflin Street Block Party, this time with more reservation.

UW student Sam Rubenzer has attended the event on Mifflin Street twice before, but said this year he can see an obvious difference.

"This year was a lot better than last year. Two years ago it was a little more controlled, but the streets were flooded compared to this year," Rubenzer said.

2012 was the last official block party allowed by the city of Madison. The event cost tax payers around $196,000 dollars in police cost and sent hundreds to jail.

This year Madison police lined Mifflin Street with patrols on bikes and on foot. Partygoers were restricted to houses and sidewalks, which is different from past years when the street was blocked off.

Despite the recent changes, students at Saturday’s event seem to be welcoming the new safety precautions.

"I actually like this better than a couple years ago. I don't like it when it's really out of control," student Lizzie Stanford said.

Other students, although appreciative of the police presence, said they are missing the liberties that came in past years' celebrations.

"It's definitely a tradition that should be kept up, I just feel like there should be more freedom with it," said a student on Mifflin Street.

For the second year in a row, Revelry Music and Arts Festival, sponsored by UW students, gave students an alternative way to get their mind off their studies.

Asha Hassan said for her, the festival is the last hoorah before entering into finals week.

“I came to hear the music, to relax before finals week and take a break from College Library," Hassan said

As of 11 p.m. Saturday, Madison police reported they arrested one person and issued a dozen citations on Mifflin Street.

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