UMass students back to school worry some campus neighbors

Last year, Amherst Police charged more than 300 people with underage drinking

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass students are back, causing campus neighbors to worry about excessive partying.

Students are back at UMass Amherst, and many residents wonder if, after parties like last semester’s Blarney Blowout, the partying might again get out of control.

J.R. Jennings, a UMass Freshman, told 22News, “I think that comes with the party situation. There’s always going to be people who just can’t quite keep their cool.  I don’t think that’s fair to the community.”

“There’s always someone that ruins it for everyone, that’s why there definitely needs to be police intervention a lot. I think there is a big need for police, especially at such a big school,” said UMass Junior Alaina Reinhardt.

Last year, Amherst Police charged more than 300 people with underage drinking. Many residents hope to see an even bigger police presence this year.

Some residents told 22News the partying can get out of control, but other residents say you choose where you want to live, and they’re happy with the choice they made.”

Sara Ewell of Amherst said, “Depending on what your tolerance is for students you just have to make smart choices. I do believe the colleges bring a vibrant community and lots of opportunities.”

Another resident said he’s witnessed parties quickly get out-of-control, but told 22News it’s often an isolated incident.

There were some police cars I even think I ran by a fight at one point. That definitely seemed to be something to be a little more extreme than your typical weekend activities,” said William Ewell of Amherst.

The UMass administration is working to create events to help students become better neighbors.

Tuesday is the first day of classes for UMass students.

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