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Police: Student Celebration Mostly Calm, Few Problems

by on September 09, 2014 3:19 PM

The State College Police Department says Penn State students' celebration in the streets Monday night was mostly responsible and caused minimal damage.

Students were celebrating the NCAA's decision to lift the bowl ban for Penn State's football program, effective immediately.

Students started gathering on campus outside of Old Main before heading over the Beaver Stadium and then congregating on Beaver Avenue in downtown State College. Thousands participated in the informal celebration that started about 9 p.m. and ended around 1 a.m.

State College police Capt. Matt Wilson says the crowd dispersed on its own after rejoicing responsibly.

"It was not an alcohol-fueled event. It was a celebration," says Wilson. "They were excited and rightfully so. Everyone was on pretty good behavior."

During the gathering, Wilson says minimal damage occurred, including some construction signs knocked over with one or two other signs now missing.

Police arrested two males who scaled light poles. One of those males was also cited with underage drinking.

Wilson says between 10 and 20 police officers were on the scene. He says the event did not impact police response to other calls in the borough. Penn State University and Ferguson Township police assisted the borough.


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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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