Well, this annual drunken, anti-scholastic ritual is this Friday, and higher-ups at the University have been trying to get things under control. Thank you higher-ups.
Last year, chaos prevailed in many ways, so I wasn't surprised to see a message in my inbox with this section:
Roaming team members, wearing their University IDs as nametags and identified as university officials, may be summoned to assess problematic situations. Teams will be prepared to document any apparent Code violations and call University Police if necessary. However, instructors and students are encouraged to report emergencies directly to METCAD at 911 (or, from a campus phone, 9-911).
In the two largest lecture halls on the Quad (Foellinger Auditorium and Lincoln Hall Theater), both of which experienced significant vandalism during last year’s event, students will be asked to surrender liquids prior to entry. This represents enforcement of standing policies that prohibit food and beverages in these venues.
Yes, it was bad last year; I still think of Unofficial St. Patrick's Day as an anti-scholastic protest movement on my campus. Photos and comments to follow; I don't teach on Friday, so I'll have plenty of time to roam around with my camera.