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Arrests down sharply at UConn spring weekend

April 24, 2011 9:36:10 AM PDT
State police say they made no criminal arrests on the last day of Spring Weekend at the University of Connecticut, a sharp reversal from previous years when numerous arrests were made to rein in rowdy and sometimes violent events.

Police and university officials say the quiet Saturday night and 17 arrests over the three-day weekend, down from 84 last year, were due to recommendations by a task force intended to de-escalate the event. Guests were barred from staying in residence halls, numerous roads, parking lots and pathways were blocked and students were asked to impose a voluntary moratorium.

A man died last year after being punched at an off-campus restaurant. An East Hartford man awaits trial.

UConn has struggled for years to end excessive Spring Weekend parties, particularly at off-campus apartment complexes.

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