WACO (April 11, 2014) Waco police officers were out in force Thursday in the area of the Baylor University campus in an effort to head off the sometimes-rowdy off-campus celebrations that accompany Diadeloso, or Day of the Bear, an annual student play day.
But on Friday, police spokesman W. Patrick Swanton said this year’s event was well organized, calm and orderly.
Officers issued several traffic tickets, but encountered no major problems, he said.
On Thursday, police set up a command post in the parking lot of what used to be an H-E-B store at South 12th Street and Speight and officers fanned out around the campus.
In 2012, off-campus parties marred the annual event, sending at least five unconscious people to local hospitals and leading to at least three public drunkenness arrests and one arrest for assault.
There was also a report of one arrest for narcotics.
Police said the decision was made to end the parties because officers could no longer keep the streets clear in the area.
Last year the celebration, which occurred a day after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, was shortened and subdued.
The university delayed the start of activities for a prayer vigil, and later students collected water, blankets and other items for displaced residents.
A blood drive was also held on campus.
John Ondrasik, whose song "Superman (It's Not Easy)" became an anthem following the 9/11 attacks, performed a benefit concert that night.