Quinnipiac Univ. president under fire after impromptu speech at out-of-control house party

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Quinnipiac party quickly got out control, even the host will admit it needed to be shut down, but the school’s president, John Lahey, made a surprise visit that has neighbors seething.

The wild party held by Quinnipiac students in broad daylight Saturday afternoon was captured by a neighbor’s cell phone camera. The scene is a house party that quickly spun out of control on Delsole Road in Hamden.

“There were cars everywhere,” said a neighbor. “On lawns, both sides of the road. Kids everywhere with open bottles, cans.”

And if the illegal drinking and crowds weren’t enough, Quinnipiac University President John Lahey even showed up, giving an impromptu speech posted to YouTube, where he encouraged the crowd.

“Biggest crowd since the Yale hockey game!” said Lahey.

Neighbors were shocked by the crowd’s and Lahey’s behavior.

“I couldn’t believe it. I honestly couldn’t believe it. Hundreds and hundreds (of people), very disrespectful,” the neighbor said.

“They were coming with containers of liquor,” said Hollie Schrader, a neighbor who called Hamden police. “No bathroom facilities, so that was a problem.”

No bathrooms was a big problem, as one student was caught on cell phone camera urinating in plain sight, right in the front yard of a neighboring house.

Even the person responsible for the party says that things quickly spiraled out of control.

“(Supposed to be) 21 plus, seniors only,” said student Connor McNamara, who hosted the party. “Blew up on social media, that’s when we realized we had to shut it down.”

University sanctioned “May Weekend” parties were outlawed by the university in 2007. President Lahey made light of that fact during his speech to the rowdy party on YouTube.

“I outlawed May Weekend parties 15 years ago, but apparently the message hasn’t gotten out,” Lahey said. “You guys are living proof that May Weekend exists.”

The events were banned after a student was struck and killed by a car as she crossed Whitney Avenue, and a sex assault was also reported in a residential hall that same week.

Quinnipiac University officials refused to comment on this story.

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