Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kent's College Fest turns rowdy

College Fest, an annual Kent State University spring rite marked by drinking and general hanging out on College Avenue, ended in several furniture-fed street fires and police in full riot gear Saturday night.

The Kent Police Department would not make a statement Saturday evening, but student journalists at the Daily Kent Stater and were out in full force, covering events on their Web site and updating the community regularly on Twitter (

Kristine Gill, editor of KentNewsNet.Com, said she and others went to investigate after seeing flames from their office at Franklin Hall.

''The flames were filling the street, like 15 feet high, and kids were throwing furniture on it and hanging from trees and screaming 'KSU' over and over again,'' she said.

She said students told her the fire was started because police were harassing students on their front lawns and firing rubber bullets. Gill said some students showed her welts.

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