Penn security guards enjoy Fling, too
Security officers say Fling was more toned down than usual this year
April 13, 2014, 7:09 pm · Updated April 14, 2014, 4:32 pm·
Students aren’t the only ones who enjoy themselves during Spring Fling. Over the weekend, Penn’s security personnel encountered their fair share of entertaining moments.
One security officer stationed at the Lower Quad gate, who preferred to remain anonymous, said two students passed out raffle tickets to “gullible freshmen” at the Upper Quad gate, claiming that they were raffling off a Corvette. The distributors said the Corvette would be parked on the Upper Quad lawn. “After all the chaos of Fling, that was pretty cool and chill,” he said.
Another security officer stationed at the Upper Quad gate cited Mask and Wig’s annual naked performance as his favorite moment of Fling.
“They were literally stripping on the stage!” the officer said.
The officers also said that Fling was especially enjoyable when they approached their duties with humor.
The Upper Quad gate security guard, who used a megaphone to control traffic at the crosswalk at 37th and Spruce streets said it was fun to interact with flinging students. “I was just messing with everyone,” he said.
Fling festivities weren’t restricted to the quad — 1920 Commons was bustling with students looking for sustenance this weekend. One Commons employee recalled that one stu dent tried to carry out five bagels in his pockets which kept falling out.
The security officers also noted that Fling seemed toned down this year, which they credited to the crack down on alcohol use and the presence of the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. One security guard described the weekend as “controlled.”
“The increased police presence really made a difference,” he said.