March 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Crushes and Chaperones … and Fire Marshals

Once Branford dining hall became overcrowded, Yale Police prohibited other students from entering the party.
Once Branford dining hall became overcrowded, Yale Police prohibited other students from entering the party. Photo by Eva Galvan.

Yalies proved just how much they love ’90s music Saturday night when New Haven’s Fire Marshal had to pay a visit to the Branford College dance party “Crushes and Chaperones.”

When the fire marshal checked in at the party at about 10:30 p.m., Branford Dining Hall was still relatively empty. But when he returned at 11:40 p.m. — well after the appearance of Yalies looking to arrive fashionably late — the party was over capacity by 300 people. Yale Police then shut down the party and turned off the music for 15 minutes until the crowd thinned out. When the music stopped, participants began to leave and the party could not start back up until enough people left to meet the dining hall’s maximum capacity. No one else was allowed into the dance at that time.

Organizers now say they are considering moving the party to Commons next year to accomodate the large demand for a ’90s dance party.

In an e-mail to Branfordians Sunday evening, Master Steven Smith celebrated the dance party’s success:

“Let’s give credit where credit is due. Branford really knows how to throw a party. Last night the dining hall was so crowded – over 600 people – that they had to stop the party to let people exit the building. Party on dudes and dudettes!”