ALBANY, N.Y. -- "We try to do a back to school party for incoming freshman, new transfers and the current students at the university," Groove Phi Groove's Second National VP, Gow Mosby Jr. said.
"No Strings Attached" is a party billed as a swim wear affair and hosted by Groove Phi Groove, a social fellowship associated with University at Albany. This was their third time renting the event space at the Polish Community Center.
Mosby explained, "We hired an outside security firm to keep things in order at the venue, check IDs check school IDs."
But according to Mosby, the eight security officers weren't prepared to handle the crowd of about 700, so the Polish Community Center's owner called police.
Albany Police spokesman Steve Smith said, "The group in front of the line became very disorderly. They began to push and shove with the venue's security personnel in an attempt to gain access to the building."
Buses and cabs were also called to help students get back to campus.
"Once the outside became clear, security personnel advised police that there were an additional 500 people still inside the venue and that they were beginning to fight," Smith said.
Amid the chaos, someone threw a rock at a window in the back of the center and six other people, ranging from 17 to 23, were arrested on inciting a riot and disorderly conduct charges.
A spokesperson for UAlbany said, “The University clearly does not condone the behavior of the few who engage in irresponsible behavior on or off campus. Any students involved may also be referred to our campus judicial system, where their behavior will be addressed under the student code of conduct.”
"What happened obviously wasn't our fault, but we did host the party, so we also have to apologize to the people that attended and weren't able to get in or were arrested," Mosby added.
As for the incoming class of 2014, Groove Phi Groove hopes to host another party at the Polish Community Center then too.
"It's definitely a learning experience next time there can be better line control, more security guards, that's the best that came out of it," Mosby said.