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Two recovering after stabbings at Colgate University event

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Two recovering after stabbings at Colgate University event
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One senior and an alumnus were stabbed after a fight broke out at a Spring Party Weekend event. The alumnus was released from the hospital while the current student remained in stable condition Saturday afternoon. Sarah Blazonis reports.

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- It was quiet at Parker Apartments on the Colgate campus during the day Saturday, but the scene here earlier was anything but.

"A ton of police cars, sirens, people outside yelling, screaming," said Devin Desir, a Colgate alumnus in town for the annual Spring Party Weekend.

"It was kind of crazy because there were just a lot of people really confused," said Colgate student Michael Fusco.

Colgate officials say it started during the annual Insomnia Party at the Parker Commons. More than 300 people came out to the alcohol-free event as part of the weekend aimed at giving students a chance to have some end-of-the-year fun.

"Usually, the atmosphere of our Spring Party Weekend is really friendly, a lot of doors are open. You know, all of the parties are open, and everybody's usually pretty friendly," said Colgate senior Anna Bivins.

A small fight broke out at 2 a.m. and a current senior student and one alumnus were stabbed. Campus safety called in police to help get the situation under control. Officials shut the party down, and authorities had to control several fights that began outside.

"I'm really surprised. This never happens at Colgate, ever," said Stephen Mohammed, a Colgate alumnus.

Students say Spring Party Weekend normally brings out a lot of alumni and students from other schools to campus, but things normally don't get out of hand. Despite what happened, some say they don't have major safety concerns for the rest of the weekend.

School officials say normal security measures will be in place and events will continue as normal.

"It's an isolated incident, we don't expect that there's any danger beyond this incident that happened, this fight that broke out," said Suzy Nelson, Colgate University Vice President and Dean of the College.

But for some students, that will mean being a little more vigilant at large events.

The investigation into Saturday's incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call campus safety at (315)-228-7333.

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