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Spring weekend quiet

by Karen A. Grava - April 30, 2007

Spring weekend’s pleasant weather brought out thousands to parties on and off campus last weekend, but the festivities were calm and students well behaved.

University police, assisted by state police, performed spot checks of drivers along Route 195, Route 44, and other roads around campus, which kept many outsiders away from the parties, said Maj. Ronald Blicher of the University Police.

Still, 64 people were arrested. Following a pattern established in recent years, less than two-thirds of those arrested – 19 – were UConn students.

The parties took place at Carriage House Apartments and Celeron Square, off campus, and X Lot on campus.

“The participants were mostly law-abiding and peaceful and we view the weekend as successful,” Blicher said.

The activities, a week-long celebration of the end of the semester, included sky diving, an oozeball competition, a pep rally, a comedy night, activities in the Student Union, and a concert on Saturday night featuring Dashboard Confessional and Reel Big Fish.

“From our perspective, all the sanctioned events were highly successful,” said John Saddlemire, vice president for student affairs.

“Students made every attempt to make the festivities peaceful celebrations for UConn students only.”

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