The UA Dean of Students remindedeveryone Friday to "Bear Down with Pride" and to celebrate responsibly in preparation of the Elite 8 basketball game Saturday.
This comes after the celebration got a little rowdy in Main Gate Square Thursday night near University and Euclid after the Wildcats' win against San Diego State University.
Tucson police walked the streets soon after the final buzzer to tell fans to move onto the sidewalk. They said they made only one arrest for disorderly conduct.
The following letter was sent out over the student listserve:
Please Have Fun and Celebrate Responsibly as the WildcatsAdvance through the NCAA Tournament!
With the Men's Basketball Team's advancement to the Elite Eight, I encourageyou to Bear Down With Pride and show your support of the team. Wear your redand blue, gather with friends to watch the games, and win or lose, please beresponsible, safe and smart.
To help create an environment of safe, smart, and fun celebrations, theDivision of Student Affairs is sponsoring several watch parties to givestudents a place to gather and cheer on the Cats together. To learn moreabout the watch parties, click here: http://bit.ly/UAElite8.
The Dean of Students Office is working closely with Arizona Athletics, the UAPolice Department, and other local law enforcement agencies to promote safe andsmart celebrations by having greater police presence on and around campusduring the tournament.
As part of our effort to create awareness about responsible celebrations,Athletics Director Greg Byrne has videotaped a special message for Wildcatfans. Click here to watch the message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1fHUpiEa7s.
Greg Byrne is also helping us to spread the message of Bear Down With Pridethrough social media. Help spread the word by sharing the hashtag we're using:#BearDown With Pride.
Thank you for your support and partnership as we show the world how we BearDown With Pride!
Kendal Washington White
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
University of Arizona
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