Howl lines decrease, arrests increase

College-aged individuals from throughout Utah and neighboring states were able to more easily move about the annual Howl Halloween dance party due to several logistical changes.This year no USU students were arrested at the Halloween dance party, however, 19 arrests were made, Capt. Steve Milne, assistant chief for the USU Police Department, said. He said this is the highest number of arrests he’s seen at the Howl, and most of them were alcohol-related.”They appear to be all non-USU students,” Milne said. “We arrested students from U of U, UVU, Idaho State University and Weber State University.”According to Zach Larsen, vice president of ASUSU Programing, a new line system through the Taggart Student Center, as well as the looped pathway from the TSC to the Fieldhouse and back, made it easier to navigate through the crowds.”We didn’t have anyone waiting in line,” Larsen said. “People were able to get to where they wanted to go without too much congestion.”Larsen said at last year’s Howl people waited in line for more than an hour, so this year they hired fire dancers to entertain students in line, but the line appeared to move quickly.Larsen said the line going through the basement of the TSC and having well-trained volunteers, sped up the process dramatically compared to last year. He said the line never got longer than a few hundred feet.Larsen said all 6,000 tickets for the event were sold out by 10:30 p.m., and none of the patrons had to wait more than 15 minutes in line. The number of people allowed into the Howl this year was reduced to help manage the number of people inside the event.The crowd management strategy underwent logistical improvements this year, but USU Police made a record number of arrests. Milne said over the past five or six years almost all arrests at the Howl have been people visiting the valley and not USU students.

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