Weekend arrests prove to be a cruel hangover
As Ivies weekend came to a close on Sunday night some students had more than just mysterious bruises to remind them of the past days' events as the Brunswick Police Department made 12 arrests.
This year's Ivies festivities brought beautiful weather on Friday, rain on Saturday, and numerous events throughout the weekend, however with an increased number of parties on campus many students found themselves being confronted by a strong police and Security presence.
Only two arrests were made which required jail time-both for operating under the influence, a crime which bears harsh penalties in the State of Maine. Of the 28 alcohol violation reports to which the Brunswick Police Department responded, ten resulted in citations which require the defendants to appear in court.
The Brunswick police reported that numerous citations were handed out for reasons ranging from underage possession of alcohol and public consumption of alcohol to littering. Additionally, officers responded to reports of drinking in various campus buildings such as Hawthorne Longfellow Library and Druckenmiller Hall. Campus security was also busy responding to various incidents such as alcohol violations in first-year dorms and a student reportedly driving his vehicle through Hyde Plaza.
Ivies Weekend is always one of the busiest social weekends of the year and Dean of Student Affairs Craig Bradley said that the increased police presence was for the safety of Bowdoin students and for the convenience of the neighbors around campus. "The police are simply responding to the concerns of the Brunswick community," he said.
When asked about the amount of law enforcement seen around campus Daniella Engen '05 said that the police were "swarming like flies."
Sam Cohan '05 was curious as to why they are only seen in such numbers on one weekend a year, saying "I don't understand why the police are only around on Ivies, if they are really out to protect us and not just bust us then I would think they would be on campus every weekend."
Dean Bradley offers a friendly warning saying "students need to just leave their cups at the party" and that it is expected that Brunswick law enforcement will be visible around campus until the end of the academic year and into the following semester.