It’s the end of exam term and students go ‘trashing’

Student Jessica Norris, 21. Pictures: OX67516 David Fleming

Student Jessica Norris, 21. Pictures: OX67516 David Fleming

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OXFORD University is steeped in tradition and the messy ritual of “trashing” is one that is clearly here to stay.

All week final year students have been dousing each other in confetti, flour, champagne and silly string to mark the end of exams.

“Trashing” began in the 90s and has endured as a way for youngsters to let off steam after years of hard work.

The finals started on Monday at Oxford Examination Schools, High Street.

Some of the 100 who poured out to Merton College, Merton Street, got doused and couldn’t be happier.

In 2011, it was reported proctors told students “no flour, no eggs, no beans, ketchup, let alone rotting worse”.

An email said: “Rotting food, vomit, broken glass and other items causing litter are simply not what any of us wants to see.”

Oxford Mail:

  • Sam Bordan, 21, takes it all in his stride

But Cambridge’s Mimi Goodall, 21, of Magdalen College, who celebrated after her English literature finals, said: “It is just really good fun. There is nothing wrong with celebrating lots of hard work.”

Ugandan Frederick Bowerman, 23, a philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) student at Merton College, said: “It is about striking a balance.

“As long as it’s not dangerous and no one gets hurt, I don’t think there is anything wrong with trashing.’’ Cambridge’s Jessica Norris, 21, of Keble College, finished her biology exams and was greeted by friends who covered her in silly string and foam.

She said: “It is great to have finished my degree and be free. As you can see, there is nothing wrong with trashing. It is a tradition that must be upheld.”

Oxford Mail:

  • Alistair Marjot, 21, and Isobel Routledge, 20

Oxford’s Sam Moore, 21, who studied biology at Worcester College, said: “It is great fun if it is in a confined area like this.

“It feels good to have finished university and there is nothing wrong with a bit of fun.”

In 2008 we reported The Bear Inn, Alfred Street, had stopped serving students who had been subject to a trashing.

But bar manager Marcus Webb, 39, said yesterday: “Things used to be quite bad but now the students seem to have calmed down.”

University spokesman Matt Pickles said: “We urge students to celebrate responsibly and to show consideration for local residents and other students still taking exams.”

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11:20am Sat 31 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

And who pays to have all the mess cleaned up?
And who pays to have all the mess cleaned up? Dilligaf2010
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4:04pm Sat 31 May 14

rfr says...

Time was when the University Proctors would pick students off Facebook and other media sources, identify them (though the Oxford Times seems to have done half the job already), and fine them for making a mess.
Time was when the University Proctors would pick students off Facebook and other media sources, identify them (though the Oxford Times seems to have done half the job already), and fine them for making a mess. rfr
  • Score: -2

12:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

Fine - all good, harmless fun - but it should be restricted to Merton Street alone, and all mess cleaned by (or paid to be cleaned by) the University.

Well done to all who will pass their exams. Now go do something worthwhile, and not just try and be another flipping politician with an Oxbridge education and no experience.
Fine - all good, harmless fun - but it should be restricted to Merton Street alone, and all mess cleaned by (or paid to be cleaned by) the University. Well done to all who will pass their exams. Now go do something worthwhile, and not just try and be another flipping politician with an Oxbridge education and no experience. EMBOX2
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Sun 1 Jun 14

DoctorBob says...

It's commonly known as littering for the rest of us.
It's commonly known as littering for the rest of us. DoctorBob
  • Score: 3

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