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Call it "College Bust".
Last Saturday, some 3,000 partygoers crowded College Street in Kent, and thrown bottles and punches resulted in over 30 arrests.
What a difference one week makes.
This week's "College Fest" event featured more police than partygoers. The Record Courier reports that police walking around in riot gear kept away non-residents and put up a parking ban on College Street...a definite buzz-kill for would be partiers.
"College Fest" is an impromptu event not connected with Kent State University or any official student organizations.
Dozens have been arrested in past years when "College Fest" got out of hand.
With basically no partying on Saturday, there are no reports of any arrests on College Street.
On the Web: Kent-Ravenna Record Courier, www.recordpub.com
College Fest got out of hand again this year in Kent, forcing police to break up the impromptu event which drew a crowd of more than 3,000 people.
After a number of large fights broke out on East College Avenue, and many beer bottles were thrown, the Record Courier reports that police dispersed the crowd using smoke bombs, flash bang grenades and pepper gas.
The situation was under control by about 9 PM Saturday night, with Kent police getting help from many other law enforcement agencies. Student media site KentWired.com reports that at just before 9 PM, police in riot gear told those remaining on College Avenue to "take it inside or leave."
Students tell the Record Courier that one reason that College Fest may have been smaller this year was unseasonable weather, with chilly temperatures and rain.
There's no word yet on the number of arrests at College Fest this year. In 2009, 65 were arrested.
On the Web: Record Courier, www.recordpub.com
KentWired (Kent State University student-run news site), www.kentwired.com
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