Updated: 11:48 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Posted: 11:24 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014

UD students’ celebration prompt police presence

President Curren celebrates with UD students



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UD President Daniel Curren was “crowd-surfing” with celebrating students after the Flyers upset the Syracuse Orangemen 55-53 Saturday to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.

By Will Garbe,Caryn Golden

Staff Writer

University of Dayton students who had been watching their Flyers in the RecPlex, filled Kiefaber and Lowes streets minutes after the team squeezed the Syracuse Orange to make it into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.

Police from nearly a dozen local agencies quickly converged in the area to control the growing crowd, swelling to more than 1,000 students. While students partied, they also ignited couches that prompted calls to city fire fighters. Traffic access to those streets were cut off by police to protect students who were pouring in to the streets.

Just before 11 p.m., UD President Daniel Curran was seen “crowd-surfing” with celebrating students.

One witness said students rushed Curran and lifted him into the air in celebration.

Curran said he was “very proud” of the Flyers’ miracle run. He added head coach Archie Miller reminded UD fans that when they celebrate on campus “to be calm but happy.”

Police suited up in riot gear similar to last year’s St. Patrick’s Day unrest, but were keeping a watchful stance unless any violence erupted.

Many students said the crowd appeared to be larger than the troubled 2013 St. Patrick’s event, but the celebration for the Flyer victory over Syracuse was more peaceful and celebratory.

Aside from broken beer bottles, standing on cars, and a few reports of other mischief, police had not made any arrests. One person was injured with a cut hand, but it was not riot-related.

Daniel Drescher, 22, a senior communications student in the crowd said, “I’ve been Flyer faithful all these years, now entering the Sweet 16, it’s outstanding.

“Everyone is just having a good time, they’re not doing anything wrong, just cheering and celebrating.”

Junior public relations major Melissa Hughes said she was thrilled to be part of the celebrations.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

 
 

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