Safety changes made for Marathon

Senior Rachel Cronin and junior Brianna Daley enjoying the Lasell College Radio event before the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Cronin)
Senior Rachel Cronin and junior Brianna Daley enjoying the Lasell College Radio event before the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Cronin)

Allison Nekola – Copy Editor

As the Boston Marathon and “Marathon Monday” celebration approach, it is hard to
forget the traumatic events from April 15, 2013. Public safety officials from all over
Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the 26.2 mile race have taken
initiative to ensure safety for all participants and bystanders.

This year, a new set of rules will go into effect the morning of April 21. According to the Boston Athletics Association (B.A.A.), a no-bag policy will be enforced. No bags are allowed at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or at any area along the course. Bags are not permitted on buses from Boston to Hopkinton and vice versa.

The B.A.A. also announced on their website a gear-check will be offered on the morning of the Marathon, allowing official participants to keep a change of clothes (shoes, pants, shirt, jacket) at the finish line. The B.A.A. will offer a gear-check bag that is clear and labeled “Runner Gear Bag.” Participants are only allowed to check official gear bags.

Official participants are permitted to carry a fanny pack to hold food, nutritional products, medicine, identification, cellphones, keys, and wear an armband. Glass containers are not permitted.

Lasell students are expected to take all necessary precautions and act appropriately by following all rules from Campus and Newton Police.

Ed Conlin, Lasell’s Director of Public Safety said, “We have a list of ground rules
because [Campus Police] are involved in the marathon planning. We had some problems here years ago, so we are on that committee now. There are is no public drinking and backpacks are highly discouraged. If someone has a backpack they will be subject to a search.” These rules will apply on campus and at the
areas along the race.

Water bottles are permitted. The only bottles subject to search are ones showing obvious signs of alcohol. No one under 21 is permitted to possess any alcoholic beverages or be in the company of upperclassmen who are of age to drink while alcohol is present.

If any student is publicly drinking or has an open container including any type, or color, of plastic cup, cans, or bottles, will be subject to arrest.

Conlin said, “We will have police officers at different stations around campus and at the marathon. It’s supposed to be a fun, family day. If students are walking down the street, drinking, making trouble, then they run the risk of getting into bigger trouble with our police officers.”

Some students already plan on making changes to their usual marathon behavior. “In past years I wasn’t as cautious as I will be this time around,” said Rachel Cronin, a Lasell senior. “I plan on making sure I know where my friends are
at all times and will have fun while still being responsible.”

Lance Forrest, sophomore, said “I want to respect the police officers by acting appropriately especially after what happened last year.”

At a recent Student Government Association meeting, Peter Wiernicki, Director of Residential Life, expressed his expectations of students on and off campus, “It’s a great tradition that the marathon runs by campus and we have a nice LCR (Lasell College Radio) event…that doesn’t give you permission to take off your student responsibility hat and make unwise decisions… I think all Lasell students need to reflect the [Lasell College] values at all times.”

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