‘Horrible’ ritual that sees students covered in booze and food faces crackdown

Students have showered pals in booze and hurled at them food for decades in a tradition called 'trashing'.

The bizarre practice seen at Oxford University is now under threat however as bosses crackdown on the 'anti-social behaviour'.

'Trashing' has been in the calendar for young boffins since the 1970s when students waited outside exam halls to greet their mates following their final test.

As years have gone on the tradition has grown in size with hundreds of students lining up to pelt others with anything from shaving foam to powder paint.

In a nod to the historic university's posh reputation, images from past 'trashings' even show expensive Champagne being used as the alcohol of choice, in drenching final years dressed in their finery.

In 2013, the celebrations were branded by university officials as "a disgrace" after students left the area covered in rotten food, vomit and broken glass.

The university's Christ Church college has taken action against the organised chaos, slamming it as a "horrible practice" which is claimed to cost the university £25,000 each year to clean up.

James Lawrie, treasurer at Christ Church, said: "Christ Church regards trashing as anti-social behaviour which is a waste of food and potentially harmful to wildlife, and for that reason is seeking to dissuade students from entering the meadow and pursuing this horrible practice."

Christ Church will close off the meadow where 'trashings' typically take place, for twice a day for two hours at a time each when exams end.

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A dedicated campaign called #StopTrashing has been set up on the University's website and threatens a £3,000 fine for anyone who goes ahead with it, OxfordMail reports.

The page said: "We understand you want to celebrate after your exams, especially after the challenges of this year. However, trashing has significant negative social, financial and personal impacts.

"Remember, trashing is against the University's Code of Conduct. It could lead to disciplinary action and up to a £300 fine."

It adds trashing 'disruptive' to the community' and wasting food 'reinforces negative stereotypes about Oxford students'.

Oxford's City Council has backed the ban with Mike Rowley, cabinet member for citizen focused services, saying: “Trashing can be costly for the local community and the environment.

"Please celebrate considerately. Some celebrations have spread litter and other detritus, including broken glass, around the city centre with inevitable safety issues this causes.

"There's also a growing trend to use paint powder bombs which stain the paving and are expensive and difficult to clean up. We welcome students as part of Oxford's lively and diverse community – don't spoil it.”

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