"I wish to warn you about a specific danger that has become increasingly prevalent In the city of Los Angeles: raves.," USC President C.L. Max Nikias wrote in the letter, which was sent to students via email Wednesday. "Occasionally, these are held close to our campuses, often at the Coliseum or the Shrine, and they present serious risks to all who attend."
"Ecstasy, which is common at raves, produces a number of adverse reactions that may include disorientation, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and hallucinations. These reactions, even in mild forms, can create a ripple effect of dangers that lead to catastrophic consequences," Nikias wrote. "Therefore, with the collective support of the university's senior administration -- and as the father of two USC students -- I strongly discourage your participation at rave events."
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission is scheduled to meet next week to discuss whether to bring back the Electric Daisy Carnival rave in June. The rave, which has been held for the past several years at the Colisseum, is popular among students and locals, with over 100,000 attendees each year. The large outdoor venue is located a block south of the campus and is a prime location for the all-day, all-night dance festivals. A 15-year-old girl, Sasha Rodriguez, who was under the age limit of attendance, overdosed on Ecstacy at last year's rave and subsequently died.
USC is in negotiations with the state of California to buy the land on which the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena sit, which would make the university the landlord of the Coliseum Commission.