Rutgers students set fires as wild house parties spill into the street

Posted at 7:56 PM, Apr 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-15 19:56:18-04

Rutgers University wants to be known for its high-level academics, but now, another controversy has the Central Jersey institution in the headlines — it involves students, but it’s about anything but academics.

Students partied so disruptively over last weekend, police in the City of New Brunswick, which includes Rutgers, say, that they had to call in reinforcements from four other departments, including Rutgers University Police.  The partying was so intense, that now, investigators are reviewing video of the makeshift event that took up a whole block, as well as roofs, and sidewalks and cars, to see if more arrests need to be made.

“If they hadn’t have shown up, we’d have never gotten out of there,” said James Ciampi, regarding the police presence at the party on Delafield Street.  He was among the many who had attended who acknowledged that their celebration, called Delafest, got too big.


It started around noon, and brought out hundreds of people.  Cops came mid-afternoon to break up the unlicensed road closure.  It died down some, but then, when people started tweeting friends to “lite sh** on fire,” cops came back, in riot gear, and with firefighters.  They pepper-sprayed some people, and arrested three others.  Sixteen more got court summonses.

According to New Brunswick Police, Jordan Zuck, 21, from Linwood, NJ was charged with aggravated assault on police, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession

of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, disorderly conduct, and riot.

Michael Simone, 20, from Whitehouse Station, NJ was charged with obstruction, failure to disperse, obstructing a roadway, disorderly conduct and underage consumption of alcohol.

Haroon Malik, 21, from Paramus, NJ was charged with obstruction, riot, obstructing a roadway, and disorderly conduct.