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Free Concert, Increased Police Presence Planned To Deter Blarney Blowout Troubles

Mar 2, 2016

A large police presence, as seen here outside an off-campus apartment complex, was one factor credited for an uneventful Blarney Blowout in 2015

A plan is in place to discourage drunken disruptive behavior during the so-called Blarney Blowout this Saturday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Hoping to repeat the success of last year, there will be a free concert, campus visitor restrictions, and an increased police presence. These steps were taken after rowdiness in 2014 at off-campus parties resulted in 70 arrests and national embarrassment to the state’s flagship public university.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill talked with university spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.