Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Big Game Weekend at the Nation's Number Two Party School

Penn State played Michigan at home this weekend and proved why it is deserving of the Princeton Review number two party school rank. Here is a compilation of events from the Collegian and CDT.
  • I made my voyage to Happy Valley this weekend, intending to see a great game between Big Ten foes at a campus that I remember being very friendly in 2001. My, how times have changed. I had all kinds of objects hurled at me throughout the weekend, including full beers and cupcakes.
  • Stephen Rosenhurd, class of 2002, said he and his friends rushed from the stadium to get in line at the Gingerbread Man, 130 Hiester St., to "drown our sorrows."

    "The feeling of a victory is at the bottom of the bottle," Mike Turns, class of 2005, said.

  • Penn State student Allan Rothrock was cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness early yesterday morning for slapping the rear end of a police horse on the 200 block of Calder Way, according to the State College Police Department.

  • The young woman is barely conscious when the medics find her sitting curbside along East Beaver Avenue.It's just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Emergency medical crews at Beaver Stadium have already fielded some 30 to 40 alcohol-related calls and requests -- probably more than that -- since daybreak Saturday.

    But now the booze calls are shifting heavily, and predictably, into the downtown. Medics are girding for a hectic night, thanks to the nighttime Penn State football game against the University of Michigan.[...]

    The young woman is barely conscious when the medics find her sitting curbside along East Beaver Avenue.

    The woman on East Beaver, however, has turned white. Friends are with her, and someone was concerned enough to summon an ambulance.

    The woman doesn't want to go to the hospital. She won't tell the responders her name until they call in the police.

    Within 15 minutes, she's bound for Mount Nittany Medical Center. She's flatulent in the back of a Centre LifeLink ambulance.

    She tells her hosts -- paramedic Tracy Reagan and emergency medical technician Nichole Garrity -- that she's smarter than them.

    She is, she says, working toward a master's degree. Another smell -- alcohol -- drifts through the vehicle.

    Reagan and Garrity hold back. Later, they congratulate each other for not giving the woman any lip.

    "They'll never realize," Garrity says, "what you're doing for them."

  • At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Robert J. Voelker, of Tannersville, was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after University police said he threw a can of beer at a state trooper and fought with officers attempting to arrest him. He was arraigned and sent to the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

  • [...]Philip G. DeCastro, of Ocean Township, N.J., was cited on disorderly conduct charges after he was allegedly observed throwing marshmallows at law enforcement near Section EA of Beaver Stadium at about 11:30 p.m, according to University police.

  • Two males, one of whom was a Penn State alumnus, were apprehended for being publicly drunk in the State College Municipal Building courtyard about 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to police.

    State College police Sgt. Chris Fishel said the alumnus seemed unaware of his surroundings as he urinated in front of the police department's large windows.

    Numerous secretaries with a clear view of the male reported the incident to police.

  • State College police said a Penn State student bit the owner of the Shandygaff, 212 E. Calder Way, after being denied entry to the bar around midnight Friday. Laurence Cheng, 21, allegedly stormed into the bar and was confronted by the owner. Cheng allegedly slapped the man and bit him on the hand. He was arrested and will likely be charged with simple assault according to State College Police.

  • A University police officer was assaulted while attempting to arrest someone who was selling a football ticket. Charges have yet to be filed.
  • At least two drunk pedestrians were injured after running into moving vehicles.

    Police said 22-year-old Raj Sahijwani, of State College, suffered minor injuries after he stepped into the path of a 1997 Honda Accord on East College Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. He was cited for “intoxicated pedestrian.”

    While John Roy was “highly intoxicated,” State College police allege the 21-year-old from State College staggered off a North Atherton Street sidewalk onto the roadway, where he hit the rear of a 1990 Toyota Corolla. He suffered left hip pain, the police report said.

  • Police also responded to an array of simple assaults and fights.

    At about 2 a.m. Sunday at the 500 block of East College Avenue, an unknown male punched James Zenex and broke his nose.

    Andrew Pascucci and Michael Peler were charged with disorderly conduct after State College police said they were fighting on East Beaver Avenue.

  • A 43-year-old from Schwenksville was accused of being drunk and driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 after the Penn State-Michigan game Saturday night.

    According to state police at Lamar, Daniel Charles Preston told troopers he was heading to Bloomsburg from Beaver Stadium and did not know he was traveling west in the eastbound lane. State troopers stopped him just before midnight in Lamar Township, Clinton County.

    Preston, who was driving a 2003 Nissan Murano, was transported to Lock Haven Hospital. He will be charged with DUI, according to police.

The good news in all of this?

At the sole night game in 2005, drunks kept the medics busy. Forty people landed in Mount Nittany Medical Center that weekend for alcohol overdoses, and dozens more were treated for alcohol-related cuts and scrapes. The Nittany Lions won.

So far, this night has been relatively tame, probably because the Lions lost, medics say.

UPDATE: I spoke too soon. There wasn't any good news this past weekend. The CDT reports today that Mt. Nittany Medical Center treated 48 alcohol overdoses over the weekend which is eight more than during the big game weekend last year. The paper also reports that there were numerous-no numbers given- other injuries seen at the hospital which were likely alcohol use related.

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