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URI steps up security for foam party, homecoming

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -

It was the calm before the storm Friday night on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.

A quiet quad was soon to be bustling with activity, and crowd control equipment was placed outside the Ryan Center.

"We anticipate it being a fun event and everybody having a really good time," said Dr. Thomas Dougan, URI vice president of student affairs.

Dougan was talking about the Barstool Foam Party, scheduled for Friday night inside the Ryan Center. It's a rave where the venue is dark and filled with foam.  About 3,000 people are expected to attend.

"I like the DJ concerts much better than the rappers and stuff. So, I think they are extremely fun," junior Chris Ambrosini said.

But the fun has come with a price. Students consume drugs and alcohol, and those things lead to problems.

The university said it is taking every step possible to ensure the highest level of campus safety.

"I think I added up all the staff, security, everyone that'll be there. I think there will be over 100 people on staff there alone to provide security," Dougan said.

And security measures will not be isolated to the event itself.

"We'll start monitoring residence hall activities and 'pregaming,' I think they call it, prior to the event," Dougan said.

"A lot of people go and don't partake in the worst drugs that are causing the big issues. I think it's only a select handful that is repeating the problem," Ambrosini said.

"I think the biggest problem is people drinking and then coming back and causing a ruckus in the hallways and stuff," junior Danielle Goudreau said.

The university has learned from a similar paint party last year. Officials said its students are cognizant of what dangers can exist during events like these.

"We do pop. We do country. We do rock. We do a number of shows there with minimal issues," Dougan said.

This weekend is also homecoming at URI.

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