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Rowdy RI party causes crowd control problems

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At least six people were transported to the hospital from a rowdy party at a downtown Providence club.

The party Thursday night at the Roxy was sponsored by a group called "I'm Shmacked," which says it documents college life.

Many of the partygoers arrived in yellow school buses and said they attended colleges including the University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Providence College and Johnson & Wales University.

"It's kind of like an opportunity for all colleges to come together and have a good time," said one URI student who didn't want to identify himself.

Photos showed one young woman with blood streaming down her head amid a crowd. Another young woman had passed out in the middle of a busy thoroughfare.

"There were some people who can't handle their alcohol and some people who could. And that's just how it is and how it's always been," the URI student said.

Event founder Arya Toufanian told NBC 10 he rents venues to host the show. There's a DJ, dancing and drinking.

"We don't want to see people getting hurt or being messy or sloppy or anything like that. If you want to drink and you're over 21 years old, have a drink in a moderate way, be safe about it," Toufanian said.

Witnesses told NBC 10 there were so many people trying to get into the club that a line of people extended down the sidewalk and around the corner onto the side street. Then it started to rain and people just wanted to get inside.

Stewart Levy, owner of Roxy, told NBC 10 when the club filled up, some people who couldn't get in became frustrated.

The URI student who attended said it looked worse than it was.

"It's always been around. It's never been a problem, and I think the media's taking notice of it now, and now that's why it's blowing it up," the student said.

One arrest was made and Providence police said they are looking into bringing the club in front of the city's Board of Licenses.

An event sponsored by the same group earlier this week in Delaware caused a near-riot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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