ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio University is readying itself for the annual Athens Halloween Street Party the weekend of Saturday, Nov. 1. The university's focus remains the personal safety of students and protecting campus property.
With the influx of visitors from out of town, there is an increased potential for individuals to use the anonymity to their advantage, and Ohio University students are urged to exercise increased caution that weekend.
In preparation for the weekend, university police department personnel are conducting approximately 20 training sessions with campus groups on personal safety and illegal activities to avoid during Halloween weekend.
Once again, the university expects to spend more than $90,000 in labor, material, supplies and other costs to ensure safety and protect the campus during the weekend. Law enforcement officers and staff members will patrol campus throughout the weekend and will be bolstered by officers from outside departments who will assist the Ohio University Police Department. Staff employees and volunteers include about 85 classified staff employees who will work Friday and Saturday night and approximately 70 administrators who have volunteered to work Saturday. Approximately 25 Ohio University Police Department officers will be on duty.
To reduce the flow of out-of-town visitors through campus, university parking lots will be restricted to only vehicles that display a valid Ohio University parking permit. Students, faculty, staff and visitors must display a valid parking permit to park on campus. Parking will be strictly enforced beginning at 3 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Also, most campus parking lots will be limited to one entrance/exit. Parking for out-of-town visitors will be available at the county fairgrounds and the city parking garage and at other locations throughout the city for a fee.
Each student living in a residence hall is allowed one guest, who must be registered with the residence hall. All guests will be given wristbands, which must be worn to enter residence halls. Ohio University students have the choice of wearing the wristband or showing their student ID cards. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests, which includes any damage they may cause.
Last year 4,566 guests were pre-registered, and 3,379 guests actually arrived for the weekend. There are 7,500 Ohio University students living in the 41 residence halls on campus.
For those who aren't fond of crowds, the University is planning a slate of social events for the weekend to offer students alternatives to the Halloween festival. A listing of some events follows:
Friday, Oct. 31
- Midnight Movie: "The Shining," The Athena Cinema. $3
- Open Stage, The Front Room, Baker University Center, 8 p.m. to Midnight
- Game Night, Rec Room, Baker University Center, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- NSBE Apollo Night, Baker University Center Ballroom, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Aquatic Center, Lap Swim, 7 a.m.to 3 p.m.; Open Swim, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
- Varsity women's volleyball vs. Bowling Green, the Convo, 7 p.m.
- RAC Fright Night Movies and Refreshments, Jefferson Hall Library, 9 p.m.to Midnight.
Saturday, Nov. 1
- Midnight Movie: "The Shining," The Athena Cinema, $3
- Game Night, Rec Room, Baker University Center, 9 p.m.to 1 a.m.
- NPHC Dance Party, Baker University Center Ballroom, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Aquatic Center: Open Swim, 1 to 5 p.m.
- Bird Ice Arena: Open Skate, 1 to 3 p.m.
- Varsity women's volleyball vs. Toledo, the Convo, 7 p.m.
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Media Contact: Dale Tampke, coordinator of Halloween preparedness, (740) 593-2475, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793