U of M Students React to Dinkytown Arrests

Updated: 04/14/2014 1:06 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 10:02 AM
By: Katherine Johnson

More arrests could still come following Saturday night's disturbance in Dinkytown after the University of Minnesota men's hockey team lost the Frozen Four championship to Union College. The four students arrested and charged Saturday have court dates set over the next month, but in the meantime students we spoke with are passing judgment themselves.

"I saw a picture of a car with a street sign smashed through the window," freshman Collin Gustafson said. He wasn't in the thick of it on Saturday night, but he says he knows enough just based on what he's seen over social media.

"When property starts getting damaged, it goes a little bit too far," Gustafson said.

Police themselves are also now turning to social networking sites, looking for videos, pictures and anything else that may help them figure out who caused any damage in Dinkytown.

"We were warned," sophomore Karel Kalthoff said.

Students on a now much calmer campus say the warning of zero tolerance from the school president Friday was all they needed to stay out of the chaos.

"We didn't go just to even look or see what was going on," freshman Andrew Clausen said. "It meant that we stayed in our dorm and didn't go out."

In total, 19 students were arrested. Four were taken to jail with each of them facing a combination of charges from unlawful assembly to disorderly conduct to underage drinking. Those students can now also face anything from a warning to expulsion from the school.

"It was a hockey game," Clausen said. "Yeah, it was an important hockey game, but its not worth getting arrested or possibly expelled over."

"They knew what they were getting into and they should have been smart about it," Kalthoff said.

No one was hurt on Saturday night. The U of M also said in a statement Sunday that out of the 50,000 students who attend, the fraction of those facing discipline is minor. Minneapolis Police do not yet know the extent of the property damage or how much was spent on overtime for extra patrols throughout the weekend.

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