Skip to comments.Cornell Police Break Up Student Snowball Fight
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 CUPDs actions.
Caryn Berley 13 said a police officer told her he didnt 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 didnt realize you could restrict such things as snowball fights.
The University appeared to condone last years 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, Gannetts 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.
You know, Andy went to Cornell.
Luckily the police were wearing snowball proof vests and nobody’s dog got shot.
Chief of Police Kathy
was mo upset by the penis
than the snow balls.
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...
If it was a “Together We Can” snowball fight, FEMA trailers would be there to serve hot cocoa.
Someone complained. Typical liberal. If a liberal doesn’t want to play he doesn’t want ANYONE to play.
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.
I wonder what would happen if the arts majors had a fight on the engineering quad.
Nation of crying babies.
“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.
Gosh, privileged kids blubbering that their entertainment was disrupted.
Must be a really smart kid to be going to Cornell as an 11-year-old. :=)
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).
LOL Poor Baby - I would have done more than hurt your feelings. LOL