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John Kennedy: UMass apologizes for student shenanigans

To the editor:

The campus community is appalled by the behavior of students at a large gathering at the Townehouse Apartments that accompanied this past weekend’s Blarney Blowout. We strive as a community to teach our students to be responsible and considerate citizens — whether on campus or off — a lesson that we must continuously impart.

We applaud the efforts of town officials to minimize the impact of the Blarney Blowout in the downtown, but we are dismayed that such an event even exists.

While we acknowledge the right of business owners to make a living, an event that encourages binge drinking at 11 a.m. should have no place in our community.

For our part, the campus placed fraternities and sororities on restriction, limiting their ability to host parties this past weekend; the Dean of Students’ staff contacted all students who have received nuisance house warnings in the past to caution them on the consequences of receiving additional citations; and the students who are responsible for the egregious behavior of last Saturday will be disciplined appropriately.

The university is committed to being a good neighbor and will continue to work with town officials to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Amherst. The university does not and will not tolerate the type of deplorable behavior that was witnessed last weekend.

John Kennedy
Vice Chancellor
for University Relations,
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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