With Sham Jam right around the corner, many students are surprised that Fairfield University has yet to reach out about implementing a similar plan to last year, when Residence Life encouraged crowds to form at the townhouses

“I am surprised that the University isn’t planning on hosting Sham Jam on campus like last year,” says Carina Kortick ‘24. “That was their way of controlling the events…now students will just crowd the beach.”  

Sharing a similar sentiment, sophomore Mia Swenson believes that students will once again resort to crowding the beach. 

I am surprised that the University isn’t planning on hosting Sham Jam on campus like last year. That was their way of controlling the events…now students will just crowd the beach.

Carina Kortick ’24

“It will leave a lot of the partying to the beach instead of on campus…I think that the partying will get more out of control than last year,” said Swenson when asked about her thoughts on the University’s decision.

Sham Jam is a student-run tradition to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day that typically takes place at Fairfield Beach. However, last year, the University allowed of-age students to drink and socialize in a monitored section of the townhouses with the Department of Public Safety present. This decision came after SantaCon 2022 sparked community upset over large crowds and unsafe conditions.

This year, Sham Jam will take place on March 16.

Dean of Students William Johnson sent an email out to students on March 12, which shared a number of events that the University will be hosting this weekend for students. 

Events include a Saturday trip to see Wicked on Broadway, a late-night program by Fairfield@Night, and “pre-game festivities” for students prior to the MAAC championship, in which both men’s and women’s basketball may be competing. 

Although Dean Johnson never mentioned Sham Jam specifically, the dean concluded his email with reminders for students heading into the weekend. He reminded students that “unapproved, large student gatherings” are prohibited on campus, additional DPS staff will be stationed across campus, all guests must be registered and that students should consider the tenets of the Step Up Stags/Amnesty policy.

The Rearview asked both Dean Johnson and Associate Dean of Students Allison Berger if the University plans to mitigate student crowding on the beach with an approach similar to that of last year. 

In a fashion similar to Dean Johnson’s initial email, Dean Berger outlined the additional activities that are taking place this weekend and students are encouraged to attend. She outlined the following events that are taking place during the same day as Sham Jam:

  • 10am – ‘Wicked’ on Broadway Trip (Free)
  • 11am – FUSA Muse Paintbar Trip (Free)
  • 11:30am – Baseball vs Fordham 
  • 12pm – Men’s LAX vs Hofstra
  • 11am-3pm – St. Paddy’s Palooza: Food Trucks in The Quad (Super Duper, Colony, Mister Softee and a beer garden for those 21+)
  • 12-4pm – Pre-game Tailgate Festivities in The Levee
  • 2pm – Baseball vs Army West Point
  • 4pm – Women’s LAX vs Sacred Heart
  • 9pm – F@N’s Succulent Night in LLBCC

Students can find additional information for these events by logging onto Life@Fairfield.

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