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.
By: | September 9, 2020

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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