Partying Issues Concern UCSB Officials

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ISLA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - UC Santa Barbara students are still trying to shake off a lingering hangover days after their annual spring party morphed into a raucous and violent blowout.

The university is one of the nation's best-known party schools. But now students are reconciling that image with those from last Saturday night where young people clashed with police, tossing bricks, bottles, and rocks at them for no apparent reason. Five police officers were injured in the melee and 130 people arrested.

Problems with excessive partying have persisted for decades in Isla Vista. The roughly half-square mile is home to 23,000 people, of which 60 percent are students.

Now politicians, university officials, police and student leaders are all calling for a remake of this image and more prudent partying.

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