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    73 arrested at annual UMass 'Blarney Blowout'

    A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers.
    A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers.

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - The chancellor of the University of Massachusetts' Amherst campus says student behavior at the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" party over the weekend "brought shame on our fine university."

Campus and town police arrested more than dozens of students who attended the off-campus party that started Saturday night and ran into Sunday morning.

About 50 students were taken into custody, while 20 or so received a court summons.

At least four police officers received minor injuries as some revelers threw bottles, cans and snowballs at police who dressed in riot gear to break up the party attended by thousands.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement Sunday it is "unequivocally clear that the University of Massachusetts Amherst condemns the outrageous behavior of those students who acted out without any regard for public safety and the community in which they live."

About two dozen of the students facing charges were arraigned Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. 

The arrested students face expulsion.
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