Partying students would be dismissed without tuition refunds. Northeastern University had made that clear. Yet by that night, a few dozen students from the school and nearby Boston University found their way to the Charles River. Bottles of Tito’s vodka, Gatorade, Coca-Cola and soda water were laid out on a park bench, a convenient bar for students seeking a way to party.
Any doubts that students would find a way to gather, even during a pandemic, have been quickly dispelled. But are the images misleading? Over Labor Day weekend, a team of college journalists in seven university towns across the country toured the firsthand the campus social scene to get answers.