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UMass latest to deal with rowdy St. Pat's parties

March 9, 2014
Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The chaos at the University of Massachusetts this weekend during a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration brought new attention to the old problem of how colleges deal with alcohol-fueled revelers during the March festivities.

Celebrations near the UMass campus in Amherst spiraled out of control Saturday as police dealt with thousands of drunken and unruly people during the annual "Blarney Blowout." More than 70 people were arrested and four officers suffered minor injuries.

UMass and Amherst officials took action like other colleges and towns to try to prevent problems. The university warned students last week about an increased police presence and Amherst police prepared for large-scale disturbances.

Colleges around the country have gone on high alert around St. Patrick's Day including Penn State and the University of Illinois.



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