(WTNH)–UConn’s spring weekend is coming up this weekend, and while the students love it, there has been some trouble in the past. Now, UConn is looking at some new ways to keep things safer this year.
Only students were allowed into the spring concert held at Gampel Pavilion on Friday night, and they needed wrist bands to get in. Still, 15 were sent to the hospital for what are believed to be alcohol-related illnesses.
4,000 people filled Gampel for the Schoolboy Q concert. No alcohol was allowed inside, but apparently some of the students either snuck it in or drank before they got there. Spring Weekend is also alcohol-free and UConn says more restrictions are in place to keep students more sober and safe.
“Now we have lots more events like the oozeball tournament over at North, and tons of students have fun with that,” said sophomore Shane Baker. “It’s much safer than the alternative what we saw at the concert.
Baker likes that the weekend is more structured. It’s also more strict, as road blocks will be set up throughout the campus from Thursday through Sunday morning, and no non-students will be allowed inside residence halls. The university is hoping by keeping non-students off campus and out of dorms, there will be less trouble.
“There’s always a few that try and do sneak past but the RA’s are usually on the lookout,” Baker said. “At the same time there the check stops and there are road blocks and everything so it is kind of tough to get in.”
And it’s tough luck if like Carleigh Goode you would have wanted to invite some hometown friends to enjoy the weekend.
“I kind of think it’s unnecessary,” Goode said. “It’s like everyone’s last weekend before finals to kind of relax do what they want.”
For most of the students now at UConn, these more strict spring weekends are all they know. But like students of the past, they often go off-campus to parties if they want a more wild weekend.