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UW-Whitewater Investigates Damages After Packers Celebration

October 15, 1996

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) _ Hundreds of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students smashed car windows and bent over lightposts in the raucous celebration of the Green Bay Packers’ victory Monday night.

The group of about 600 students caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, university officials said Tuesday. The destruction included broken pedestal lights, bent rugby goalposts, overturned bleachers and planters, smashed car windows and an uprooted tree, authorities said.

A female student was taken to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released for unknown injuries, said Walt Ulbricht, a UW-Whitewater spokesman. He said no arrests have been made.

Ulbricht said the school will seek criminal charges for damage to property and plans to hold disciplinary hearings for students who acted improperly. He said about 600 students, some seen carrying alcohol, gathered in a dormitory complex area after the Packers’ 23-20 overtime victory over San Francisco.

The group moved through campus, at one point attempting to enter the football stadium, but officers turned the crowd away.

Lt. Tom Guequierre of the Whitewater Police Department said officers blocked some downtown streets so motorists did not have to attempt to make their way through the crowds.

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