As the Red Sox get set to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, UMass Dartmouth officials are planning activities to promote fun and responsible fan behavior.
Residence Hall staff has been meeting with students over the last several days to discuss the issue. In addition the game will be shown on big screens in the Campus Center. There will be increased police presence on campus, including UMass Dartmouth, Town of Dartmouth and State Police. Letters have also been sent to the parents of students.
The Department of Public Safety has also posted guidelines on acceptable fan behavior at
In a message distributed to students via email and social networking, Chancellor Divina Grossman said, "Tonight the Red Sox have a chance to make history and fill our hearts with the joy that only a World Series victory can produce. When the final result is known, let us join all of Red Sox Nation in celebration of a team noted for its resilience, passion....beards.....and above all else the ability to prove the doubters wrong."
"To all Red Sox fans, we look forward to an exciting conclusion (i.e. World Championship!)," Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs David Milstone and Public Safety Director Emil Fioravanti wrote to students today. "All of us want you to celebrate and enjoy the Red Sox accomplishments, but we need to ensure that our community will be safe for all of its members."
"To promote appropriate celebrations, we will provide residence hall programs related to the games and we will have common areas where students can watch the games with friends," wrote Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cynthia Cummings. "In addition, Public Safety will expand its staffing to keep uninvited people off campus and will videotape movement around the campus. We will hold all students accountable for their behavior and that of their guests. We would appreciate your help in encouraging your son or daughter to engage in peaceful celebration."