University Response to World Series Celebration on Campus

November 1st, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – More than 500 PSU students celebrated the Boston Red Sox World Series victory on October 28, with a handful of problems reported. According to PSU Director of Public Safety Creig W. Doyle, the University’s police department worked closely with the Plymouth police in advance and was adequately prepared to manage the crowds that gathered after the game.

The PSU Student Senate also hosted an event on campus that drew several hundred students to the Court Room to watch the game in the Hartman Union Building.

Thirty-seven local police, the Grafton County Sheriffs Department and N.H. State Police were on campus in anticipation of a Red Sox victory party. Authorities shepherded the celebrants onto PSU’s campus and away from residential areas and the business district, working to reduce the noise factor. However, several incidents of vandalism on campus were reported, including five broken lamp posts, three broken windows and scratches and a dent on one car. The Plymouth Fire Department also extinguished a burning couch on the street.

Both PSU and Plymouth town police said the vandalism incidents were instigated by a small number of students, and authorities are actively investigating those activities. At a subsequent meeting on Monday afternoon PSU’s Student Senate supported a resolution encouraging bystanders to report vandals so they will be held accountable and required to pay restitution for damages they caused.

Richard Hage, PSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs, said he was disappointed an otherwise happy event resulted in vandalism and will be working with student leaders and colleagues to prevent such outcomes in the future.

“We are pleased the great majority of students behaved responsibly and cooperated with authorities in staying on campus to celebrate,” said Hage.

For more information contact Christopher M. Williams, director of public relations, at or call (603) 535-2476.