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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Whackademia: The New College Cry: "Let's Riot!"

     Fifty-five people were arrested Saturday, March 8, 2014 during "Blarney Blowout" an annual St. Patrick's Day-themed series of drinking parties that left a number of people with minor injuries, including four police officers….Officers from the Amherst, Massachusetts Police Department issued dispersal orders, increased manpower to the area, released pepper spray and shut down bus service and streets near the trouble area in North Amherst. It took nearly an entire day to quell the rowdy crowds--which grew to thousands in attendance….

     Any University of Massachusetts students arrested in connection with the event will face a sanctions review from the university, whose officials…warned earlier in the week may result in their expulsion or suspension from the school….

     The UMass Police Department arrested three people at the event. [While involving a large number of students, most of the parties were held off campus.] Officers also broke up a "dangerous and out of control" party at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house…and were hit with bottles, beer cars, rocks, and snowballs. Some of the items were thrown from the house's roof, porch and windows….

Patrick Hoff, "'Blarney Blowout' Leads to 55 Arrests,", March 10, 2014


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