Kathy Megan reports:
The raucous, drunken fest known as “Spring Weekend” at UConn isn’t back, but the university has decided to let up on the reins a bit this weekend and allow students to have a spring celebration of sorts but certain strict rules will remain in place.
“We are going to do the same rules as last year,” said President Susan Herbst, “except this year we are bringing back on-campus activities for students, so we are ready.”
For years, the university has had trouble controlling the largely off-campus and unsanctioned parties that cropped up every year on a weekend in late April before final exams. The difficulties came to a tragic head in 2010, when Jafar Karzoun, a UConn student, was assaulted off campus and died several days later.
Since then, the university has called a moratorium on Spring Weekend, banning guests, stopping visitors at road blocks, limiting access to parking lots and urging students to go home. The university also banned any on campus events. The steps were effective and virtually shut down any activities on the April weekend.
Here is UConn junior Matt Franceschini talking about how the weekend has changed: