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Cornell Police Break Up Student Snowball Fight
2011 The Cornell Daily Sun. ^ | February 3, 2011 | By Jeff Stein

Posted on 02/03/2011 12:55:45 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

ITHACA--The Cornell University Police Department shut down the second annual “Epic Snowball Fight on the Arts Quad” Wednesday, apprehending a student, confiscating tin shields and knocking over a six-foot snow penis.

Chief of Police Kathy Zoner said CUPD officers did not plan on breaking up the event but had to do so in response to a call-in complaint. The officers decided that the event had to be stopped because it was “putting both people and property at the potential for injury and damage,” Zoner said.

As a police car approached from the western end of the quad, the hundreds of Cornellians who had pelted each other with smiles dropped their slushy weapons with disgusted frowns.

“Fuck the police!” someone shouted. “Hit the cops!” yelled another.

Soon, some had rearmed, and a snowball glanced off the police car windshield. Then another. A third landed with a thud. An officer stepped out of the car and was promptly hit in the chest.

For 15 minutes police worked their way through the crowd, but the students — who were packed around the terrace of Olin Library as tightly as the snowballs they hurled back and forth — continued to fire.

One officer, who thought a snowball had been directed at the police, “identified an individual who he thought was involved,” Zoner said.

That individual, Tony, M. Eng. ’11, who declined to give his last name, said police took him and told him to place his hands on the police car.

Tony said the officer took his information and asked if there was “anything in your backpack to worry about.”

“Of course not, officer,” replied Tony, who added that he did have his financial engineering textbook. Upon his release, he was told the officer would run a background check for prior incidences of misconduct.

“I just threw a snowball randomly into the crowd … They said I hit their feet,” Tony said after being released by the officers. “They upset me a lot.”

Eventually, hopes for continuing the snowball fight melted away. But Tony was not alone in decrying the CUPD’s actions.

Caryn Berley ’13 said a police officer told her he “didn’t want to do the paperwork for people getting hurt.”

“[The officer] was condescending and rude,” Berley said. “I wanted to be aware of my rights … It seemed a little strange to me because I didn’t realize you could restrict such things as snowball fights.”

The University appeared to condone last year’s snowball fight on the Arts Quad, sending photographers to the event and posting a video of it on a University blog entitled “Snowball fight!”

Additionally, Gannett’s official website says that, among other things, “having a snowball fight [is] proven to help [sufferers] of the blues feel better.”

Zoner said the officers understood that “of course people need to release and have fun,” but added they also “need to be cognizant of the dangers they put others in.”

Zoner said some of the snowball throws risked breaking the windows of Olin Library.

“Uninvolved parties have the right to safe passageway,” she added.

“I understand why people wanted to blow off steam, but if we get a complaint we need to address it,” Zoner said, adding that students should “blow off steam productively.”

However, some students disagreed with Zoner.

“If the Cornell police are the same people really stressed by the suicides, why are they asking us to stop relieving stress in a healthy way?” Chris Leyen ’13 said. “This just shows the level of maturity they actually give us credit for.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cornell; donutwatch; fight; ithaca; napl; snowball
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Sounds like police overreacted then the students did.
1 posted on 02/03/2011 12:55:49 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

You know, Andy went to Cornell.


2 posted on 02/03/2011 12:56:49 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
“I wanted to be aware of my rights … It seemed a little strange to me because I didn’t realize you could restrict such things as snowball fights.”

HAHA! Idiot.

3 posted on 02/03/2011 12:58:32 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Luckily the police were wearing snowball proof vests and nobody’s dog got shot.


4 posted on 02/03/2011 1:01:01 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Chief of Police Kathy

was mo upset by the penis

than the snow balls.


5 posted on 02/03/2011 1:03:16 PM PST by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I must be getting old, because way back when there would be a snowball’s chance in HELL that a small group of cops would dare to interfere with a huge snowball fight on campus unless there were actual bodies laying there bleeding.

Where oh where have our youths gonads gone...


6 posted on 02/03/2011 1:06:18 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"...and nobody’s dog got shot."

Had a dog been available it probably would have been a different story.
7 posted on 02/03/2011 1:08:11 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: Abathar

If it was a “Together We Can” snowball fight, FEMA trailers would be there to serve hot cocoa.


8 posted on 02/03/2011 1:08:35 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Someone complained. Typical liberal. If a liberal doesn’t want to play he doesn’t want ANYONE to play.


9 posted on 02/03/2011 1:09:08 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Persevero

Andy Bernard? From the Office? Yeah. I know. I hate that guy. He’s done more to ruin CU’s rep than a dozen Bill Mahers, Ruth Bader Ginsbergs and Janet Renos.


10 posted on 02/03/2011 1:14:48 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I wonder what would happen if the arts majors had a fight on the engineering quad.


11 posted on 02/03/2011 1:17:25 PM PST by drubyfive
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and knocking over a six-foot snow penis.

Kids. God love em


12 posted on 02/03/2011 1:19:19 PM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Nation of crying babies.


13 posted on 02/03/2011 1:20:16 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I can hear it now.

Police! Freeze! Put your hands against the giant penis and spread em!
14 posted on 02/03/2011 1:22:55 PM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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“Sounds like police overreacted then the students did.”

Those were campus cops. Had the students really “overreacted, the cops would have been found cuffed together, naked in the snow with only their hats on.


15 posted on 02/03/2011 1:23:49 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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Those were campus cops.

Campus cops work along the same lines as professors. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't, enforce campus rules.
16 posted on 02/03/2011 1:27:00 PM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Gosh, privileged kids blubbering that their entertainment was disrupted.

I’m underwhelmed.


17 posted on 02/03/2011 1:29:01 PM PST by primeval patriot
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That individual, Tony, M. Eng. ’11, who declined to give his last name, said police took him and told him to place his hands on the police car.

Must be a really smart kid to be going to Cornell as an 11-year-old. :=)

18 posted on 02/03/2011 1:30:34 PM PST by Bob
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To: GladesGuru; crosshairs
Those were campus cops.

Point of information: Cornell Police Officers are somewhat unique among campus security staff insofar as they are, in fact, actual police officers (in this case deputy sheriffs).

19 posted on 02/03/2011 1:31:06 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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They said I hit their feet,” Tony said after being released by the officers. “They upset me a lot.”

LOL Poor Baby - I would have done more than hurt your feelings. LOL

20 posted on 02/03/2011 1:32:48 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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