Meridian Bans Parties For State Patty’s Weekend

For the third year in a row, Meridian will ban parties for the entirety of State Patty’s weekend, according to a flyer handed out to all residents.

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The flyer states that “Meridian on College Avenue will be joining the State College Borough Municipality in an effort for Zero Tolerance over ‘State Patty’s’ weekend by initiating a suspension on parties […] beginning on Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1.”

Any resident found in violation of this policy will be subjected to a $200 fine, and uniformed police officers will be patrolling all three Meridian buildings throughout the weekend. In addition, residents are not allowed to more than double their occupancy in their apartment at any given time throughout the weekend. The flyer also warns that any “disrespect” from residents or their guests will result in assessed fines and possible eviction.

Police are expected to be extra vigilant throughout the weekend, and will likely request that maximum fines be imposed against offenders. The first time offense for both underage drinking and public drunkenness is $500 (previously $300) and each additional offense is $1000.

The policy comes as no surprise, as Meridian banned State Patty’s weekend parties after facing substantial damage on State Patty’s Day 2012. Now that Meridian officially announced its ban on parties for the weekend, we’ll have to wait and see if other apartment complexes follow suit. The bars, however, will be open.

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Greg is a senior majoring in energy engineering at Penn State. He is a big fan of Pittsburgh sports and sandwiches with coleslaw and french fries. You can email him at [email protected] or find him at the Phyrst drunkenly requesting the band to play "One Headlight."

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