April 13, 2010
James Madison University's Block Party went way out of control, but now a few students have decided to clean up the mess and the school's reputation.
Freshmen Andrew Puffenbarger and Brad Sturk decided to take it upon themselves to try and make a difference.
Sturk says, "We woke up on Sunday morning, getting ready to go to brunch and Andrew was like, 'We should make t-shirts and use the money that we make from the shirts to repair the damages.'"
So, Puffenbarger decided to put the idea out on Facebook and was shocked at the results.
Puffenbarger says, "A few hundred people came in within a few minutes and then we went to dinner and there were 800 and then it surpassed 1,000. I just realized we were definitely going to have to do it then after that."
Many say the shirts represent a celebration of the run-in with police, but Sturk and Puffenbarger say it's all just in an effort to help.
Puffenbarger says, "But it doesn't at all represent our university as a whole. It's really a shame that people think that now. Hopefully it doesn't become infamous for this, but I just want people to know there is good coming out of this."
Puffenbarger and Sturk have now decided that the acronym on the back of the shirt will be RIOT, which stands for Repair, Improve, Obtain Togetherness.
You can purchase a t-shirt by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As of midnight Tuesday, the group had nearly 5,000 people already signed up to get a shirt.