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URI preps for possible World Series celebrations

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The Boston Red Sox have become pretty good at celebrating big wins lately.

And so have their fans.

But as Red Sox Nation spreads far outside the walls of Fenway Park, so too does the need for safety in victory.

"If you win the World Series there will be some excitement here and some celebration, there's no question about it," said Thomas Dougan, vice president of student affairs at the University of Rhode Island.

Dougan said students have celebrated safely in the past, but that is not stopping him from ensuring all bases are covered this time around.

"We've already had conversations with not only our residence hall staff but our police department and my staff and student (resident assistants)," he said.

Resident assistants like Chris Ambrosini.

"The director of the set of buildings I'm in has specifically emailed us and explained what's happened in the past and what precautions we take in terms of having extra people in the office," he said.

A quad on the campus of URI is where people gather during any spontaneous celebrations. School officials say they are going to monitor this area as well as the rest of the campus to make sure everyone is safe.

"I think it's going to be great. I mean you can have a lot of fun without doing something that's going to be dangerous. That's what we do," said URI sophomore Chelsea Reid.

"We're all like pretty responsible and we know when it's too far. I think our campus is pretty good about that," said URI sophomore Amelia Bradley.

Dougan said the World Series champion will be decided on a weekday, but that it didn't mean the school would prepare less. He said there are more people on campus during the week, so safety is just as important.

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