AMHERST (CBS/AP) – A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts in Amherst says 14 people were arrested Sunday night after police in riot gear were forced to disperse hundreds of students when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl.

In Boston, there were no arrests and the city remained peaceful.

At UMass, police in riot gear and on horseback used flash grenades to disperse hundreds of students who gathered in the main residential part of the campus.

Marissa Faldasz, a junior whose dorm room looks out on the part of campus where students gathered, said they were chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” and throwing beer cans and toilet paper rolls.

“As soon as the game ended, a bunch of students came running from all across the campus,” she said.

UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said police decided to issue a dispersal order when the crowd grew to about 1,500 people in the main residential area of campus.

Alarms sounded and the students left after about a half-hour, then gathered again before leaving for good. Faldasz said she saw students get in fistfights and one fighting with police, but she did not see any ambulances. She said there was a similar incident after Osama bin Laden was killed last year.

No one was seriously hurt and no property damage was reported.

Thirteen of those arrested were students. Blaguszewski said they are being referred to the dean of students for possible disciplinary action.

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Comments (18)
  1. Northeastern9396 says:

    ZooMass Admission Criteria: A pulse and a checkbook.
    Animals. UMass will always be ‘bottom barrel.’

    1. OGOLEY says:

      Ok dude, saying Umass is bottom barrel.
      Northeastern = 51,362 a year.
      5 year program
      255,000 dollars.
      I’ll be out in 4 years with the same degree and a higher GPA to show for it (because of our so-called outrageously easy academics) and get the job you could have gotten in the extra year that your throwing 50 for. Then you’ll have fun paying back your 250 when your finally out in 5 years.

      Meanwhile, in these 4 years for me I will have a better time than you could ever imagine to have at Northeastern. Every student at Umass gets marked for being a party animal, and you know what, most of us are. But were proud of it while you sit in your dorm and critique our school and lifestyle.

  2. Private Rocks says:

    I totally agree. UMass Amherst is such a joke and always has been. I can’t believe I spent a year there. Worst year of my life.

    1. blackbear1 says:

      Probably because you are a loser. Please do not blame my alma mater for your shorcomings. UMass gave me a great career and a nice life.

      1. bosmonkey says:

        You may be one of the lucky ones then.

        I never hear anything great about that school. They rightfully earn teh slams against them.

    2. Italo says:

      If somebody has never heard of good things that come out of UMass, then ironically maybe it’s they who are in need of a decent education. I agree with one of the other posters, don’t blame the whole school if one person had a bad experience there. (Only 1 year? That’s odd, I wonder why.) Also, don’t label the school for this group of protesters, who do not comprise all of the huge student body between, for example, UMass Amherst and Boston. For instance, UMass has one of the best, awarded, and highly recognized and certified programs for such things as Master’s and other advanced certificates in Aging Elders Services Management Gerontology, with affiliations with related organizations across Massachusetts, New England, and the U.S.

      If someone has the guts to learn, the desire to learn, and the brains to learn, they will focus on learning and learn. If they don’t, it’s not the school’s job to babysit or force them into it–it’s shame on the students, who are adults by that point and need to make it happen for themselves.

      PS: UMass is not open admission by pulse and checkbook. Students need to qualify through a written admissions and earned academic aptitude process which is not, by the way, some dog-and-pony-show, and are denied being admitted if they cannot meet it.

      Otherwise, if we went by stereotypes, we could reasonably assume easily that all football players, and the sports’ and players’ fans, are goons whose collective IQ and beer sobriety test levels are in the double-digit figures only.

  3. V says:

    The title says 14 the article says 13…

  4. susan says:

    What do you expect–Administration allows drinking on campus.A bunch of hoods. I blame the Administration they should have been prepared for this.” O” Zero tolerance for drinking—–I was considering UMass–NO MORE–IDIOTS.

    1. Italo says:

      Not everyone who attends UMass lives on campus, and not all UMass students who live or do not live on campus were involved in this incident, nor do they all act this way.

  5. Buffalo says:

    We lost 4 Superbowl’s and never had a riot, the idea is to celebrate in the streets when you win numskulls

  6. emom says:

    Their parents must some proud of their cherrished children… What a future to look forward to .. Jail , arrest.. Yup such wonderful and great young adults….

    1. cc says:

      Obviously the time to get arrested is when you are a grown adult….. not when you are a foolish young adult…

      1. emom says:

        Obviously it must be a Bucket list thing to do ,,, Be foolish and get arrested…
        Whats wrong with staying out of trouble.. Must be an old fashion concept where common sense once was used. Yup futuere entilte spoiled young adults.. Something to be proud of,,, Mom and dad must be smiling all the way to court.

  7. Vern says:

    This is the next generation of masholes

  8. UMass Student says:

    Please please please DO NOT assume the goons that feel the need to “riot” are representatives for the entire school! There are roughly 21,000 undergraduates and another 6,000 grad students at UMass Amherst. The idiots who chose to go to Southwest residential area to chant and light things on fire are a very small percentage of the student population!!

    The school is pushing to get rid of the “ZooMass” nickname and I can’t wait for that to happen. New buildings are going up to boost the sciences and engineering departments, as well as new buildings for the Commonwealth College (our Honors program) to draw in more serious students.

    I will be graduating from UMass in May with a degree in Biology, my fiance doubled-majored in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering here, and my mother got her MBA here a 5 years ago. I am proud of many aspects of my school and HATE that the only thing people know about UMass is the stupid riots and parties.

  9. College Student says:

    If the people here slandering UMASS Amherst have ever actually talked to company recruiters and such, they would know that UMASS Amherst is actually quite impressive, and has an impressive business school. Before you insult a school, do your research. Most people who say that UMASS Amherst is a party school have probably heard of the reputation from instate high schoolers that honestly, know nothing about UMASS Amherst.

    One incident does not describe a school, and neither does one person, or even a group. The people who rioted were only a small minority of those who attend. Blaming UMASS Amherst for the actions of just a few is like blaming the entire United States for having such rioters as well. Instead of taking the rioters’ actions and using them to influence your opinion of UMASS, stick that opinion to the rioters themselves- and not to anyone else not involved.

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