Ah, who doesn’t love the smell of burning upholstery on the morning after a championship game?
U-Conn. students were very happy when the NCAA championship game/clangfest ended and the Huskies had beaten pesky Butler on Monday night. As the video shows, they were so happy they were jumping. And dancing. And yelling. They were bouncing. And then, because this is a college campus we’re talking about, there were uniformed officers of the law. And a fire truck ... because of the obligatory torching of the couch. (Where did this tradition start? And does no one stop to think: Where will we sit?)
Because 35 people were arrested when U-Conn. won the men’s and women’s titles in 2004, university officials and police tried to get out ahead of the mayhem, emailing a letter to students at midday Monday that read: “Unfortunately, too often at campuses across the nation postgame celebrations have gone from exuberant to destructive. Nothing can be gained from harmful, destructive, or criminal actions. However, anyone who engages in this sort of behavior does have a great deal to lose, including risking arrest and possible expulsion from the university.”
(Yeah, that’ll work. They should have added, “You may have to get a job and begin a soul-crushing existence.”)
It seems to have been moderately successful. Or perhaps students are jaded, now that the men’s team has won three national titles. Cops on the Storrs, Conn., campus say there was minor property damage, with a car flipped off-campus and several Dumpster fires. There were 12 arrests, with most charges involving vandalism and criminal mischief (a double major), according to Maj. Ronald Blicher of the school police. About 200 people were throwing bottles at officers at an off-campus apartment complex and dogs were used to break up the group.
Students, including one very famous one, began gathering at Gampel Pavilion about two hours before tipoff, chanting “Kemba Walker!” and “U!-C!-O!-N!-N! U-Conn.! U-Conn.! U-Conn.!”
“Oh my God! Oh my God!” Maya Moore, a star on the women’s team, screamed.
“We became Huskies for this reason,” Kaitlyn Herman, a sophomore from Boston said (via the Associated Press). “To just feel this school spirit, to all be here together, just cheering on this one team and just to celebrate together. It’s what we stand for.”
All in all, just your typical celebration. Now back to class.