Internet sensation ‘I’m Shmacked’ comes to campus, causes riots
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 15:09
Last night, the university campus echoed to the sound of a mob of students coming home from a wild party that started at a men’s club rugby party at 402 S. College Ave.
The party and ensuing mob started at the university’s rugby house on South College Avenue, junior Jonathan Teed said.
The party began to get out of hand, Teed said, when the Internet sensation “I’m Shmacked” arrived to the party. Teed said he estimated about a thousand people were there when the police arrived.
“What happened was there were so many people. People were drunk they had the courage to just go do whatever they wanted,” Teed said. “They took to the streets, and basically a parade happened. They were jumping on cars, there was people walking through cops, holding up traffic, running on top of cars -- probably the craziest experience I’ve ever seen.”
“I’m Shmacked” has gone viral after it has made it onto Internet waves at college campuses across the country, filming the party culture at these undergraduate institutes. This sensation has spiraled into a major competition among schools, freshman Marisa Gilliatt said.
Gilliatt said she found out about the group’s arrival through the Internet.
“First of all, it all started with social media,” she said. “Social media is everything now.”
Andrea Boyle, spokesperson for the university, released a statement today regarding the incident.
“The University of Delaware is committed to the safety of its students and the community,” Boyle stated on an email message. “UD Police are cooperating with the Newark Police Department in its ongoing investigation of the Sept. 9 incident on South College Avenue. Two UD students arrested and charged by Newark Police will be referred to the University’s Office of Student Conduct.”
Police cars from the Newark, University, County and State departments lined Main Street, South College Avenue and Delaware Avenue to help keep the peace.
Newark Police made a statement Tuesday afternoon, announcing the arrest of two students, junior Anthony Iadisernia, of Jackson N.J. and junior Evan Tuozzoli of Trumbull, Ct. The two juniors were arrested for “hosting a disorderly premise,” according to the press release. Both students were charged with noise violations, underage consumption and failure to obtain a special event permit.