Amherst recovering from the ‘Blarney Blowout’

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst garnered national attention this weekend for a massive Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day party called the “Blarney Blowout.” 22News found out how the town, school, and students are recovering.

Dozens of students were arrested at annual off-campus party. The University of Massachusetts had issued warnings, but not everyone listened. The “Blarney Blowout” is a traditional Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day off-campus party at UMass Amherst.

There were big problems at this year’s blowout when thousands of students gathered for uncontrolled partying that grew violent at times. Amherst Police arrested more than 50 students, for unruly and even violent behavior.

UMass Amherst sent individual emails to students warning them about their participation in the “Blarney Blowout.” Some students told 22News they took heed to the university’s warnings and didn’t participate.

Brandan Dunn, UMass Amherst student, said, “I mean if the school tells us not to go than we probably shouldn’t. I mean they’re so nice to us, whey would you want to. I know it’s off campus but being safe was my main motive.”

The university also forwarded those emails to parents, and students with previous behavior issues were contacted directly.

Ed Blaguszewski, a campus spokesman at UMass Amherst, told 22News, “We also sent direct letter to students who live in nuisance housing.”

The UMass Dean of Students reviews the behavior of the students who were arrested. Sanctions can include suspension or expulsion from the university. They can also face a $300 fine for violating town nuisance laws.