Chancellor: ‘Blarney Blowout’ Unruliness ‘Brought Shame” on UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst students are set to return to class Monday following a drunken and rowdy “Blarney Blowout” weekend that included more than 70 arrests on or near campus. The university’s chancellor is scolding the students involved.

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Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy sent an email Sunday to UMass students, faculty and staff.

“[Some students] brought shame on our fine university and run the risk of devaluing the college degree that all of our students work so hard to achieve,” Subbaswamy wrote. 

Not all those arrested this weekend were students, but those who were will face consequences, Subbaswamy said. He promised “swift action” to address violations of the school’s Code of Student Conduct.

Subbaswamy also addressed the impact such a weekend has on the school’s often strained relationship with the residents – and the town – of Amherst.

Four Amherst police officers received minor injuries Saturday. The “Blarney Blowout” last year also led to arrests, although are fewer than this year.

That will all no doubt be a topic of conversation Tuesday evening, at a previously scheduled meeting of the Town-Gown Steering Committee. The panel is tasked with coming up with a plan for Amherst and UMass to work together on housing and economic development.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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