Two students hospitalized during Fall Fest


Two students overdosed on alcohol during the time frame of Fall Fest on Saturday night. Both were hospitalized.

However, Chief of University Police Gerald Schoenle said this Fall Fest was safer than many events at UB in the past.

"It was one of the best from a public safety perspective. It was one of the best events we've had in a long time," Schoenle said. "Everything ran really smoothly."

The first student was reported passed out by the Flint Bus Loop at 7:37 p.m. The student was transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, according to the police report.

At 9:15 p.m., a second student was reported passed out in Founders Plaza. The subject was reported still alert and was transported to Erie County Medical Center, according to the police report.

Forty university police officers were hired for Fall Fest, according to SA Treasurer Justin Neuwirt.

Schoenle said the weather, which was cool, sunny and not overly warm, could explain the low number of medical transports.

"Sometimes when it's a really hot night we have a lot more first aids. People are dehydrated more," Schoenle said. "So, for whatever reason, it was very well organized."

Lieutenant David Urbanek also said Fall Fest was "uneventful" as far as medical issues.

"There was some sort of struggle or fight over a T-shirt, which we didn't really understand what that was about. We broke that up," Urbanek said. "We pulled out the one most aggressive person, and that person was given an SWJ referral."

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