AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students are getting ready to party during the Blarney Blowout this weekend. The police and the town are working together to make sure they do it safely.
This year, students are playing a big role in keeping the peace. The UMass fraternities held a BBQ with police and town officials. The fraternities plan to clean up the streets after the party is over.
Multiple police agencies will be on campus this weekend to deter rowdy parties and crowds from gathering. A free concert for students is being held at the Mullins Center, and the university is enforcing a no guest policy with no parking.
Students told 22News they don’t expect anything too crazy. Alison Bonetti, UMass freshman, said, “I think it will be pretty calm. As calm as it can be. I think everybody knows the rules and they understand what’s supposed to happen and what not to do so I think everybody is pretty prepared for what should go down.”
In 2014, the Blarney Blowout resulted in the arrest of more than 70 people. By 2015, it was only 8.