Averted Strike Kills Week-Long Party Plans

When five anonymous Dalhousie students organized Strike Fest, they anticipated that the Dalhousie Faculty would be going on strike, leaving thousands of students anxious over their second-semester studies.

By Jessica Filoso

Strike Fest's Facebook page (Jessica Filoso photo).

When five anonymous Dalhousie students organized Strike Fest, they anticipated that the Dalhousie Faculty would be going on strike, leaving thousands of students anxious over their second-semester studies.

Their solution? Throw a large, week-long party.

“I, at least like to think that it was a positive way of getting students together and sort of enjoying maybe the week off they had together, and get to know people they don’t normally meet either on campus or at other parties,” said Kaela McSharry, a Dalhousie student who said she would have attended if Strike Fest would have happened.

Local police officers did not see Strike Fest as such a positive event. The Strike Fest organizers said that the officers warned them with a long list of fines before the event even happened.

“Of course the cops would have had to intervene especially with the number of people that said they were going to this event. It was over 1000 people,” said McSharry.

The Strike Fest schedule included house parties, and multiple club and bar events at very low prices. McSharry said that this event slowly started to resemble the plot of the newly-released movie, “Project X.”

“As soon as I saw the event, the first thing that came to mind was that movie, especially with the amount of people that said they were going to go,” said McSharry referring to the movie about a massive house party.

“I’m not going to lie to you, it would have probably been fun,” said McSharry.

Kaela McSharry talks about Strike Fest.
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