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Oshkosh Pub Crawl 2016 (Part 1)
March 30, 2016
Police Urge Students Not to Attend Pub Crawl
City and university police are urging students not to participate in the upcoming Oshkosh Pub Crawl, saying they will be stepping up enforcement.
In a joint video statement posted Tuesday to Facebook, City of Oshkosh and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Police Chiefs Dean Smith and Kurt Leibold called the gathering an unsanctioned and illegal event that has the potential to ruin students' lives and future careers.
"It has evolved into nothing more than a bunch of house parties that violate landlord rules, encourage excessive and irresponsible drinking, as well as it creates a public disturbance in our neighborhoods that surround the university," Leibold said.
Officers from both police departments, along with community service officers and staff members from the university's Dean of Students Office will be patrolling the neighborhood around the university.
"I will tell you that my police officers will be on duty, will be out in full force and will be enforcing the laws of the state of Wisconsin," Smith said. "There are consequences with that. You potentially could affect your ability to gain employment later on down the line."
While the Facebook page for the Oshkosh Pub Crawl states "there is no official date," it appears the gathering still will happen April 9, with the page advertising the price of T-shirts. The semi-annual pub crawl comes nearly two months after Winnebago County Circuit Judge Thomas Gritton dismissed the city's lawsuit against the group's registered agent, Joseph Kubiak.
The city claimed Kubiak organizes the event and should have to pay $11,000 for the cost of police and other services, plus $2,000 in fines for not filling out a special events application. Kubiak, who is listed as the registered agent of Oshkosh Pub Crawl LLC, argued he is not the organizer but rather just sells T-shirts.
Although city officials look at appealing Gritton's ruling, they amended the special events ordinance to include a definition of the word "organizer" and to reflect the addition of a special events coordinator position. The changes also included creating a $25 or $35 fee to file an application for a special events permit.
"Once again, I urge you to make the right decision," Leibold said. "Do not jeopardize your future for a weekend of partying."