Despite warnings, college students partied away on Labor Day

A look into how students in seven college towns found savvy ways to skirt rules on gathering ... and why it's going to be difficult to stop them.

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.

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