Bowles Hall Halloween Bash Results In Arrests
Monday, November 3, 2003
A former UC Berkeley student and several other party-goers were arrested at Saturday night's Bowles Hall Halloween bash, according to police and resident reports.
Former UC Berkeley student Ryan Seals, 19, was arrested for obstructing a peace officer and furnishing alcohol to a minor at Bowles Hall minutes before the party's start, according to police.
"There were little parties in every room," said UC Berkeley sophomore Michael Weber, a Bowles Hall resident.
Police entered Seals' former room before the official party, where approximately 35 people were gathered in the room and outside balcony, many drinking alcoholic beverages. Police instructed everyone to leave, residents said.
Seals said he exited the room, but then attempted to re-enter.
"I wanted to see what the hell they were doing in my room," Seals said.
Seals said he was asked by an officer if he resided there and said he replied, "That's none of your business."
Seals, a former Bowles Hall resident, was taken to the Berkeley jail and said he was released Sunday morning.
Up to five other party-goers were arrested during the party, five residents said. UC police declined to comment.
After a few alcohol violations at last year's Bowles Hall Halloween bash, UC Berkeley officials bumped up party restrictions this year.
Attendance was capped at 950, preregistration was required for residents and guests, and advertising was prohibited outside residence halls.
Residents said far more than 950 people attempted to enter the party, although tighter security alleviated some of the overcrowding.
People tried entering the party without wristbands by avoiding the main entrance, but police "were right on it," said Resident Director Elvin Freytes.
"A lot of people tried to get in with fake wristbands," Freytes said, adding that police had done a great deal to boost security compared to last year.
Still, some residents disliked the security measures, saying room searches and wristband checks were unwarranted and unnecessary.
"They kept on checking us and we live here," said UC Berkeley freshman Alexis Lopez, a Bowles Hall resident.
Despite the arrests and unsolicited party-goers, the Halloween bash continued until the planned closing time at 1:30 a.m.
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