UMass and P.D. on alert for Hobart partying

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – For the next two weekends, Amherst and UMass Police will be on high alert for rowdy party people.

The Hobart Hodown hasn’t been a big problem since 2010 when police charged more than 30 students, but it’s well known for it’s partying potential.

On Friday, a few empty beer cans and a broken beer bottle were the only signs of college party life, but the weekend before graduation can present problems.

In years past, Hobart Lane has been synonymous with student partying and rowdy crowds. However, the university told 22News that this year they have a plan to make sure it doesn’t turn into another Blarney Blowout.

“Were very much in a law enforcement aspect on alert and prepared because we know this is the time of year where the weather turns warmer and people are outside and we need to act proactively to intervene if necessary,” said UMass Amherst Spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.

He said they’ll have extra officers on call and are collaborating with Amherst Police.

Freshman Helen Duros told 22News how the Hobart Hodown is a different kind of party.

“With Blarney a lot of outside students come in and a lot of visitors and I think this is more of an internal thing and I think it’s just students enjoying the nice weather in the Spring and their last few weeks at school,” said Duros.

Anthony Novelli lives on Hobart Lane and told 22News he knows what can happen.

“Sometimes it gets crazy when the rest of the campus migrates over here. We usually don’t plan anything too crazy,”said Novelli.

UMass will hold their undergraduate graduation on Friday, May 9th.

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