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UMass Amherst Students to Meet with Chancellor on Blarney Blowout

3-08 Blarney Blowout

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — On the first day UMass Amherst students were back from spring break, they got right to addressing the Blarney Blowout.

Student group ‘This is UMass’ is not happy with all the backlash the school has been getting, now 2 weeks after the March 8th event. “We want a formal apology from APD about the brutality that took place on March 8th, and we also want a dialogue between the administration and students, so that events like this will never happen again. We don’t want the negative association with UMass students,” said Group member Grace Gustafson.

She says they’ll meet with Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Vice Chancellor John Kennedy, and Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone later this week.

Hoping the event sponsored by the downtown Amherst bars, won’t exist at all.  “I don’t think it’ll be happening again, at least not as largely as it was a couple weekends ago, but I don’t think it’ll be as negative a response in the past few years as it has been, for sure,” Gustafson added.

Even though the group has not spoken to bar owners, they’ve been tossing around some ideas to distract from the Blarney Blowout, including a concert.

ABC40 reached out for comment from Amherst Police, we have yet to hear back.


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