Howard Homecoming Hit An Early Stumble: 8 Injured Prior To Annual Yardfest Concert!

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October 27, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong
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Source: Howard.edu

Well, the students are enjoying the rest of their Sunday while dreading Monday morning classes and out of town alumni are heading home after what was surely a great weekend. But, the Howard Homecoming festivities took an early turn for the worst.

On Friday afternoon, during Howard University’s annual Yardfest mega-concert, police were called to the campus after reports of students jumping a fence to gain entry.

The yard was full of energy, as usual, as students waited for the concert to start.  But according to the Washington Post, the organizers of the event cut the music before the event was scheduled to start because people who weren’t allowed in got a bit testy and tried to rush the fence anyway.

The Yardfest concert has always been free, no matter who performs, but this year, the university decided they would charge $5 per person. Once their targeted number of persons allowed in had been reached, the fences were locked.

In total, the disturbance sent eight people to various hospitals, including two police officers, but thankfully, the injuries were all minor.

The Yardfest mega-concert proceeded around 4:30 pm with performances by Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Young Dro, and Mack Wilds.

Howard University has had some hiccups within this year alone, but it looks like after this most recent one, the homecoming festivities continued without a hitch.

Did any of you hit any of the Howard Homecoming events?

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  • Tonyoardee

    Sad that the homecoming has turned into NBA All-Star weekend

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  • Val

    So, HBCU homecomings don’t get any mentions unless someone gets hurt? SMH. Btw, Howard won the game.

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  • Let It Be

    Ok so I was browsing through pics from the festivities of several friends who said they had a great time. One of said friends brought up an interesting thing. Why are all these “old a$$ people” dressing and acting like we are 20 again? I didn’t know what she meant until I went back through the pics. People in the background and all around looked a hot mess! I guess the small fee that Howard put in place was to keep the mess down. Where has “class” gone?

    • Morgan C

      Why did you get den votes? I noticed the same thing and I was there. Guess you aren’t singing the praises of ni$$as and their mess.

    • bahamianempress99

      Howard homecoming=mess, without or without fees. LMAO. The problem is ticketing and placing a capacity on an open area was a bad idea to begin with. The main student center, the middle school, the main library, and at least 4 academic buildings are on the yard. There are professors who simply won’t cancel classes for yardfest, there are TA’s working, there are students trying to use their meal plans, or alumni trying to get to non-yardfest related events in Blackburn center. What about people who want to leave for one reason or another and come back? What about parents trying to get their kids from the middle school? A lot of people didn’t know there was a charge till they walked up to the gate and the ticketing process was a complete unorganized mess. I don’t think it was completely thought through. I still love Howard in all it’s messiness but I think they were trying to make a buck, not control “mess.”

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