UMass reviews arrests after World Series
AMHERST — More people were arrested on the University of Massachusetts campus late Wednesday night during celebrations following the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series title than in Boston.
But the behavior of the 15 people taken into custody on the Amherst campus, 14 of whom are students at UMass, wasn’t much different from that of revelers at other college campuses in New England, including Keene State, Plymouth State and the University of New Hampshire, where destructive incidents and combative actions led to several arrests.
Among those arrested was Jonathan Alan Ennis, 24, of Greenfield, who was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct.
While all the students will have their cases processed through the Eastern Hampshire District Court, they also face possible sanctions from the university through its code of student conduct.
Edward Blaguszewski, director of the UMass news office, said information about those arrested will be forwarded to the dean of students office. “We will move ahead to promptly review those cases,” Blaguszewski said.
UMass officials Thursday were still assessing what transpired the night before, as the Red Sox’s win sent a crowd, estimated at around 3,000 people in the Southwest area of campus, into a frenzy.
Blaguszewski said university staff, including members of the police department and student affairs office, will be reviewing the disturbance.
“There will be some discussion later this afternoon, putting things together and assessing what happened,” Blaguszewski said Thursday.
The arrests came despite efforts to ensure a peaceful evening with warning emails sent to all UMass students Monday and UMass officials working with student groups to offer a variety of activities beginning at 10 p.m., including inflatable bounce amusements, free food and a large screen broadcasting the game, all at the Southwest concourse.
“It’s a situation where we tried to do something different, but we still had problems,” said UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons.