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Wilfrid Laurier overnight street party goes out of control

University officials gave their response.

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(CUP) — Wilfrid Laurier University and David McMurray, the vice-president of student affairs, released official statements on Tuesday regarding a partially raucous street party that occurred overnight.

According to the statements, the party occurred on Ezra Ave. —which has become notorious for Laurier student street parties —and attracted nearly 1,000 people.

A couch and a mattress were burned in the street, causing police and firefighters to “manage the disruption,” McMurray’s email statement read.

Videos from the street party were shared through the @barstoolwlu Instagram account and included footage of the crowd hoisting up a couch with a girl balanced on top, and party goers jumping over the flames that erupted from the furniture that was lit on fire.

“Street parties do very significant damage to Laurier’s reputation — a fact that impacts you directly. Employers and others place great weight on where you went to university,” McMurray wrote.

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Laurier has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence and its sense of community. But this is tarnished by the kind of street gatherings that too often occur around our campuses. Not only that, it’s just a matter of time before someone — it could be you or a close friend — is seriously injured or worse.”

“Laurier offers many ways to make friends, grow personally, and enjoy your university experience in a safe and respectful way. That’s what it means to be a Golden Hawk — smart, fun-loving, supportive, respectful and community-minded. I wish you all a safe and successful year,” McMurray’s statement concluded. ■

With files from The Avro Post.
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