Arrests, Rowdiness Threaten Picnic Day at UC-Davis

For the past 96 years, the community at UC-Davis has come together for Picnic Day, a day-long open house and celebration for students, faculty members, and area residents. This year, Picnic Day was marred by record numbers of police service calls and arrests as a result of toxic drinking by students in the downtown area. Sacramento Bee reporters Gina Kim and Hudson Sangree noted that there was so much dangerous activity going on that law enforcement officials had to prioritize their efforts:  “Overwhelmed officers bypassed incidents such as public drunkenness and people knocking over garbage cans for serious incidents with potential injuries.”

Next year’s Picnic Day may be canceled for the first time since World War II as a result of the toxic drinking and public rowdiness. Saturday’s Sacramento Bee editorial called for better management of the event rather than an outright cancellation: “It’s the alcohol industry off-campus, feeding a climate of binge drinking, that needs to be reined in.” What do you think?

3 Responses to “Arrests, Rowdiness Threaten Picnic Day at UC-Davis”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s a shame that the University of California-Davis’ Picnic Day is cancelled for 2011 because of rowdiness at this year’s Pinic Day. The ageist drinking age doesn’t encourage those 18-20 to drink responsibly but the opposite, so abuse of alcohol is ususal among that age group when it comes to alcohol. The Sacramento Bee is correct because better management is always essential at university events and alcohol responsibily is a must.

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