Changes coming to UCSD Sun God Festival

SAN DIEGO - Changes are coming to the longtime Sun God Festival on the campus of University of California, San Diego

The annual outdoor music festival has been happening for more than 30 years. Over the last two, the university saw a marked increase in arrests and medical calls over alcohol.  

"The university, and in fact the students, came up with the changes," UCSD spokesman Jeffrey Gattas said Thursday.  

Chief among them will be no more guest passes.  This year's event is for enrolled students only, and no guests will be allowed in student housing.  

"At first I was upset with the changes,” said Lexie Destefano, a UCSD junior. However, once I saw the statistics, I think it's a necessary thing to do."

Alcohol-related problems have spiked considerably. 146 people were arrested during the 2013 festival, and alcohol-related medical problems rose 129 percent last year.  

Last September, a task force was formed to examine the issue. It found a third of the problems were attributed to those who were not UCSD students.

"They were part of the problem, but not the entire problem, our own students were as well,” said Sam Stacy, a senior. “Still, it was a problem, and they had to do something.”

This year's festival is scheduled for Friday, May 16. Its future could hang in the balance.

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