One APD arrest of 55 during Blarney Blowout
Local attorney Peter Vickery has resubmitted his radical proposal to the Amherst Select Board to use their powers as liquor commissioners to shut off all liquor sales in Amherst next year on the day before and day of the Blarney Blowout.
Last year UMass was criticized for not sending out threatening emails to students and their parents about the consequences of turning Blarney Blowout into a day of debauchery. So this year the emails went out, and the results were even worse.
Last October for the final Red Sox game in the World Series, UMass tried giving the kids something to do by setting up a giant play area with large screen TVs, food and (non alcohol) drinks in the Southwest gathering area. They ended up with a riot anyway, with UMPD arresting 15.
Maybe it's time for the Amherst Select Board to implement Mr. Vickery's suggestion. At the very least, put it on their March 17 agenda to facilitate a badly needed public discussion.