Weekend events held at UMass without disturbances
AMHERST — Sunny skies and dry weather during the weekend provided a perfect setting for the culminating events of Founders Week at the University of Massachusetts.
Major disturbances appear to have been kept in check throughout Amherst and on campus, where alumni and dignitaries were on hand for the inauguration of chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and soccer players and their families attended the Supercuts SoccerFest on Saturday.
“All the weekend happenings on campus went off without any issues from our perspective,” said UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald.
No on-campus disturbances were reported. And Archbald said UMass police worked closely with Amherst police on a disturbance response team and with a state police community action team to prevent any off-campus problems.
“It was a much quieter weekend than we had planned,” Archbald said. “We were very pleased with how students responded.”
Prior to the weekend, Enku Gelaye, associate vice chancellor and dean of students, sent an email to all students asking for their cooperation.
“Protect the investment you have made in your education by protecting the reputation of UMass Amherst and encourage your friends to do the same,” Gelaye wrote. “Don’t fuel incidents that degrade the value of your degree and may lead to significant and lasting consequences.”
She reminded students of their expected behavior, a list of town bylaws and enforcements, the student code of conduct and consequences for violations both on- and off-campus, including potential suspension and expulsion.
Gelaye also praised the students for the ways in which they responded to the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“We are proud of the compassion and support demonstrated by our students and the entire campus community,” Gelaye wrote.
On Sunday afternoon, students and community members gathered at the Campus Center auditorium to make goodie boxes for delivery to survivors of the bombings.