A sagacious Fade user (Anon of course)
After spending serious amounts of tax dollars for a free Mullins Center concert, beefed up public safety staffing and countless hours of input from the UMass PR department, will it all come together tomorrow for a, comparatively, positive outcome?
Well yes, of course it will. Mainly because you can't get much worse than what happened last year.
But the #1 reason, once again, will not be so much all the measure taken by Amherst and UMass officials and the excellent work of the Student Government Association. Or even all the breathless press attention this past week (the Gazette set a record for front page stories).
Environmental conditions, aka THE WEATHER, will play the major role in keeping a lid on rowdiness. The Townhouse quad just isn't the same if you have to wear snowshoes.
And the #2 reason will be a major police presence. I also notice on social media how students would prefer to deal with UMass PD over Amherst PD. And as long as they stay on campus that is all but guaranteed.
Although the LEOs they really don't want to mess with is Massachusetts State Police, who were out in force for Superbowl Sunday and like General MacArthur they "shall return."
Just for fun, in response to a silly "secret plan" hatched on BlarneyChat to party at Lot 25 near the busiest road on campus, I started a rumor it was going to be a landing zone for the MSP helicopter.
About an hour later a Fade user came up with a great graphic. Behold the power of social media, which cuts both ways.
Townhouse Apartments 9:30 this morning
Hitler had his Atlantic Wall, which failed to keep out the Allied invasion. Townhouse has a chest high concrete-like wall of snow completely encircling the quads, ground zero for Blarney bad behavior over the past three years.
Kids would need a backhoe to clear it now.
Fade users with no sense of humor
Downtown bars taking delivery 11:30 am, meanwhile just around the corner:
APD having Mass Emergency Management communications equipment installed
Only 365 days until Blarney 2016.
— ZooMass (@ZooMass) March 8, 2015