Mount Pleasant — Nearly 200 people were ticketed by police and 22 arrested during student Welcome Weekend at Central Michigan University.

Between Thursday and Sunday, 56 people were cited for being minors in possession of alcohol, according to and the Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant.

Another 107 tickets were issued for open intoxicants, nine for nuisance party-hosting, seven for resisting arrest and two for drug possession.

Welcome Weekend is the start of the school year at Central Michigan and has gained a reputation for rowdiness in student neighborhoods around the school. About 27,000 students attended the school last year.

Some partiers tossed beer bottles at police Friday and Saturday, Mount Pleasant Police Public Information Officer Jeff Browne told the Morning Sun.

He told that about half the people he dealt with weren’t from Mount Pleasant or had any affiliation with Central Michigan.

“They were here with a friend at CMU to party, or they were here because they heard this was the place to party,” Browne said.

Some Central Michigan sorority and fraternity members volunteered to remove trash left along city streets by the partiers.

Emma Drummond, a Sigma Sigma Sigma member, helped fill bags with cigarette butts, crumpled plastic cups, broken glass and other trash.

“This year the parties felt safer, police were keeping control of the crowds without ending the fun,” said Drummond, 20.


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