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Spring Weekend passes quietly
May 3, 1999
The administration and students alike were pleased with spring weekend, which resulted in few problems.
The only University-sanctioned events were an OOzeball (mud volleyball) tournament in W lot on Saturday morning and a sold-out concert, featuring Rusted Root, the Violent Femmes, and Busta Rhymes, on Saturday night in Gampel Pavilion, followed by a bonfire on the former graduate field and a disk jockey on Gampel Plaza.
But more than 7,000 students gathered on Thursday night for a party at Carriage House Apartments, and attended smaller parties on Friday night.
"Our students showed us - and the media - that at the University of Connecticut having a great time and behaving civilly can go hand-in-hand," said Chancellor Mark A. Emmert.
Emmert said the hard work, patience, and trust of the Division of Student Affairs, headed by Vice Chancellor Vicky Triponey, coupled with the efforts of the UConn Police Department and the state police "helped to maintain safety and peace while allowing students to have a good, safe time."
Triponey said the efforts of the Metanoia Planning Committee, which planned the month-long Husky Renaissance during April, were "truly a success. Because of your efforts, we are succeeding in creating a more cohesive campus community. While we still have much work to do, we should step back as this semester ends and savor the progress," she said.
The weekend resulted in 42 arrests by campus police, most on minor charges such as breach of peace or alcohol possession by a minor. Only 14 of the 42 were students.