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UMass Chancellor: ‘Blarney Blowout’ Partiers ‘Brought Shame’ On School

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AMHERST, Mass. (CBS/AP) — The chancellor of the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst campus says student behavior at the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” party over the weekend “brought shame on our fine university.”

Campus and town police arrested more than 50 people who attended the off-campus party that started Saturday and ran into Sunday morning. Eight others were summonsed to court for criminal offenses.

Umass Amherst students gather at the Blarney Blowout. (Photo by Robert Rizzuto/MassLive.com)

Umass Amherst students gather at the Blarney Blowout. (Photo by Robert Rizzuto/MassLive.com)

At least four police officers received minor injuries as some revelers threw bottles, cans and snowballs at police who dressed in riot gear to break up the party attended by thousands.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement Sunday it is “unequivocally clear that the University of Massachusetts Amherst condemns the outrageous behavior of those students who acted out without any regard for public safety and the community in which they live.”

The arrested students face expulsion.

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