Southwest: Five residential high-rise towers built in the early 1960s, housing 5,500
If UMass students do riot after the Super Bowl tomorrow night the fault will be theirs and theirs alone.
UMass administrators have gone above and beyond the routine call of duty to mitigate rowdy behavior including stern messaging, alternative viewing activities, and -- the smartest thing -- strangling the supply of potential "outside agitators" without a vested interest in the school.
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Unlike the Blarney Blowout -- a BIG reason we see all these precautions -- should rowdy behavior occur it will almost certainly be contained to the UMass campus, most notably the Southwest Residential area.
Although I'm sure Amherst police will see their share of Party House noise and nuisance complaints town wide.
Since the $160,000 Davis Report is the playbook UMass is using, it will be interesting to see how UMass PD responds should the crowds grow too large, and the noise levels becomes almost deafening and then the solid objects start to fly.
When do they don their Darth Vader riot suits? You know, the ones that incite the crowds to further violence (sarcasm). At what point do overwhelmingly outnumbered police use chemical munitions to disperse the unruly mob?
Since anonymity brings out the worst in people UMass should install throughout Southwest plaza areas portable lighting to turn darkness into day. And call in Massachusetts State Police air wing to hover a big old helicopter directly overhead with a spotlight pointing down.
Complemented by a half-dozen HD camera drones, just to let them know it's all being recorded.
The breathless arrival of TV news cameras always incites the crowd. Therefore UMass should also request television journalists not use a large commercial shoulder mounted camera, and stick to a more unobtrusive iPhone.
After all, as Marshall McLuhan pointed out a long time ago, "The medium is the message."