McMurphy's downtown Amherst 3/10/12 10:45 AM
UPDATE (Sunday afternoon):
Looks like the "Half Way to Blarney Blowout" promotion disappeared from the McMurphy's Facebook page over the past 24 hours. What's up with that? Something I said, hopefully.
The term "Blarney Blowout," unlike the innocent doctor just doing his job, has also earned a mud like moniker. A well deserved one.
This promotion encourages exuberant college aged youth to consume copious amounts of alcohol starting very early in the day, all in the name of profit. What could go wrong?
In July an Amherst man was acquitted of rape using the "morning-after-regret" defense. Of course the morning after was a follow up to a day of partying during the "Blarney Blowout" 2011 edition.
And we already know the pernicious public safety impact of the 2013 event, when thousands of youth packed the quad area of Townhouse Apartments requiring a bevy of police (town, state and UMass) dressed in riot gear to bring under control.
UMass/Amherst recently became serious about the dangers of out-of-control partying. Cancelling Fantazia at the Mullins Center due to concerns over the drug "Molly" certainly demonstrate that.
The 5-member Amherst Select Board are also the town's "Liquor Commissioners" (and ironically enough, "Sewer Commissioners".)
If Umass can impose its will on the privately operated Mullins Center to cancel a potentially dangerous production, the Select Board should follow suit and come down on McMurphy's Uptown Tavern like a ton of kegs.
And that's no blarney.