Ball State’s crackdown on parties yields few arrests

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Three people were arrested and 16 were given tickets for underaged drinking over the weekend in a crackdown on off-campus parties around Ball State University.

Campus police did not receive many complaints about loud noise or parties on Friday and Saturday in the first weekend after the start of a campaign aimed at curbing alcohol abuse by students, Ball State Police Chief Gene Burton said.

One weekend, however, was too early to say whether the university’s “Police Yourself” campaign was having any effect, Burton said. The university’s campaign includes posters and advertisements in the student newspaper that highlight the criminal and university penalties for underaged drinking or hosting parties attended by minors. Officials also plan increased patrols by campus and city police.

The campaign comes after a student was killed March 7 in what authorities say was a $2 robbery by three non-students he met at a near-campus house party and the November shooting death of an intoxicated student by a campus police officer.

Those arrested over the weekend face charges including minor consumption, resisting arrest and public intoxication.