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UMass students don't let loss stop them from a good riot

UMass Amherst students gathered on the plaza at the base of the high rises of Southwest quad last night for the traditional post-sportsball riot, which this year resulted in at least 12 people being taken to the hospital and six being arrested after campus, Amherst and State Police in riot gear and on horseback dispersed the crowd with the aid of at least one shot of PepperBall, the school reports.

Before the estimated 2,000 revelers were dispersed, around 11:30 p.m., students set off firecrackers and smoke bombs - and beer cans, bottles, TVs and even laptops flew in the air, Gretchen Keller, an editor for the Daily Collegian reports:

UMass reports that injuries included "head injuries, lacerations and alcohol intoxication." The university adds:

UMass Police are proceeding with criminal charges and the university will also initiate a prompt review of the matter under its student conduct process as appropriate.

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Forgive.

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Hah, around here? You must be new to New England.

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You mad bro?

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Having graduated from one of the other, less appreciated schools in the UMass system, it really ticks me off that the so-called flagship, the campus that gets the most money, prestige, and resources, can't let a single game pass without having a riot that tears up the place while the other campuses crumble with inescapable dept and lousy infrastructure.

They should just close Amherst.

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Lolz, the Southwest dorms are the Cancun of Amherst. For every rambunctious person in Southwest there is a studious one at Southwest and 3 more studios ones in other dorm areas (well, perhaps not in Central, IIRC that was the more potheady pothead congregation when I was there)

Close the campus? Zoomass is raking in huge money these days (especially from those NY/NJ out-of-staties) and changed from being a 'safety school' to much harder to get in. They're building up the campus like crazy.

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Yes, we should close a university with 28000 students because a few hundred dimwits ran amok.

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... in uniform and itching to quash some free assembly with their special "non lethal" toys.

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1. What is your current major?

2. Which dorm are you living in now?

Just curious.

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Right, because no free assembly on a college campus after a Superbowl has ever resulted in property damage or death caused by the assemblers.

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Where in the constitution does it say that people can be prevented from freely assembling or incarcerated based on what they might do?

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where dingdongs think that literally the entire scope of state, federal and local law is laid out in the Constitution.

"Hey officer - you where does the constitution say you can give me a speeding ticket, man? like what about the pursuit of happiness?'

I am however way impressed that UMass cops now have precog policing like in 'Minority Report'.

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Not yours, but the anon's, all I can think about is this.

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can't let a single game pass without having a riot

There were 16 games in just this NFL season, and no riots. Are you missing a few facts there, chum?

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Remember when they closed down Vancouver after the Stanley Cup riots there a few years back? It's just open fields now but it had to be done.

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Don't be obtuse. You know what they meant.

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Go get your Dunkin caramel swirl and take a deep breath

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You jealous?

And, no it does NOT get the most money. ULowell does.

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UMass Lowell is more of a commuter school... undergrad students take their education more seriously.

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Not anymore.

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It isn't true anymore. Part of the $$$ they have been getting has been going to building large dorms to house undergrads on campus and attract people who aren't commuters and better fund people who used to have to commute so that they don't need seven years to matriculate.

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Ah, good, I was expecting this. Stupid being stupid again. "I get older, they stay the same age stupid"

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"At a large state university with a student body that is anything but tight knit, riots are one of the only school traditions that bring UMass students from all backgrounds"

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"Excessive partying, day drinks at the Townehouses and, most of all, sports riots are all defining characteristics of UMass, and I would consider it nothing short of a travesty for the school’s reputation if these aspects were to disappear from UMass."

https://dailycollegian.com/137297/news/sports-riots-bring-students-toget...

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That's a theme party. And most people stood around awkwardly, while a few people acted out.

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What a dumbass. Makes me less sympathetic for the annual outcry over tuition increases.

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UMass is not a Catholic school

We don't do collective punishment. A few idiots from New Jersey and from sheltered suburban homes acting out doesn't mean that people who work hard and get good grades and who are making UMass a premier school should be attacked or forced out to make your stuff tingle.

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I wouldn't look to highly on someone who lived in Southwest beyond their freshman (and possibly sophomore) year.

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If that guy is the paper's "humor" columnist?

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is no way to begin your career in journalism.

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Who's with me?

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Were there any other school riots? I didn't hear of anything else, so it's just more surprising/disappointing of UMass Amherst students

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its scary to imagine what these people would do if they were denied access to quality healthcare, access to a quality education, had to deal with crooked cops, had to deal with police brutality and a president that was racist towards them.

#BLM #ColinKaepernick

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Are you talking about?

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privilege

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#BLM #ColinKaepernick

I'm sure there's a nice succinct term for people like you, something related to "jumper on the againsty bandwagon" and "pearl-clutcher" and "concern troll", but I confess all that I can come up with is the lengthy "pretend supporter of causes to which he has never provided any kind of actual support in order to attack something he dislikes but is too cowardly to simply say 'I don't like that thing', so he tries to borrow moral legitimacy in a vain effort to not look like a mean-spirited prick whose main objection is to other people liking what he doesn't like".

Everybody sing!

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featuring a video of a homeless black guy getting roughed up by police.

A link to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper-spray_projectile would have been infinitely more useful.

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That's the company that makes the stuff. I admit: "PepperBall" was new to me - didn't realize it was a brand name (hence the camelcase spelling).

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Shooting into crowds is not smart.

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Victoria Snelgrove was shot by a Boston police officer (sergeant, iirc) firing a projectile in whose use he was not trained. The officers in this case seem to have all been UMass campus police, and I'm not finding any accounts of injuries that were not caused by the rioters to themselves or other rioters/spectators (I used a local source that has some details that aren't in these tweets or in Boston-area media).

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They are well trained to make excuses for drivers who speed and kill people in crosswalks - to the point of citing "solar glare" when the sun was behind the driver.

That's about the extent of their training - making excuses and harassing black students.

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You made a couple of rather specific allegations there. I'm sure you have cites for both of them.

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