NC State doesn't want party repeat

May 7, 2010 9:26:45 PM PDT
North Carolina State University has issued a warning in hopes that there will not be a repeat of what happened early Monday on Hillsborough Street, but students want to end the school year on a high note.An invitation to an unapproved event at the NC State Bell Tower and Hillsborough Street was sent out to students via Facebook -- for a repeat of last Sunday when more than 3,000 stormed Hillsborough Street after a rave turned wild.

"Apparently there's going to be cops all over the place and its just why we don't want to go to a place with a bunch of cops," NC State Sophomore Mitch Abbott said.

On Friday night, at least two dozen officers and half a dozen police cars were outside the NC State Bell Tower to keep things calm.

"We're doing an information license and seatbelt checkpoint here at Pullen and Wautaga next to the Bell Tower based on the information that was brought to light via internet chat rooms," NC State Police Captain Jon Barnwell said.

Earlier this week, sophomore Lindsey Holmes who organized Sunday's event --did so without a permit-- and was punished by administrators. However, no arrests were made that night.

For that reason officials issued a letter stating that Friday's event does not have a permit and warning a significant number of officers would be watching with zero tolerance.

"It gives us an ability to have a law enforcement presence to help deter any deviant activity," Barnwell said. NC State University Housing Director Susan Grant posted the letter on its website informing students that Friday night's gathering is not approved by the university or the City of Raleigh.

Click here to read the letter

Students were urged to avoid the area and as of 11 p.m. Friday, it appeared to have worked.

"We are well prepared to handle any situation should it arise in reference to any type of gathering," Barnwell said.

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