down again for PSU's State Patty's Day
March 3, 2014
COLLEGE (AP) — State College police say arrests were down by about half
during the unofficial Penn State drinking holiday known as State Patty's Day.
second year in a row, the school paid bars to stay closed, with 34 of 35
accepting $2,500 to $7,500 — depending on their occupancy — to do so.
Patty's Day began in 2007 when St. Patrick's Day fell on spring break. The
holiday no longer coincides with the break, so students now celebrate on the
first Saturday of the break.
College police were still compiling statistics on Sunday, but say arrests were
down 47 percent from last year between noon Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.
Lt. Chris Fishel says it was "similar to a football weekend except people
are wearing green instead of blue and white."