Tuesday October 24, 2006
At least it’s better than double-secret probation
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
And at least the punishment fits the crime: UMass classics major James I. Connelly was ordered by a district court judge to publicly apologize to a local police officer while wearing a toga.
When several police officers arrived at the rowdy toga party Connelly was hosting, Connelly reportedly insulted a female police officer. He and several others “were charged with being minors in possession of alcohol, as well as having an unlicensed keg and creating excessive noise in violation of a town bylaw,” according to the Daily Collegian.
This isn’t the first time Eastern Hampshire District Court Judge Nancy Dusek-Gomez has doled out an unconventional sentence to a young person. In 2001, she ordered a 17-year-old charged with possession of drug paraphernalia to write an essay about Afroman’s song “Because I Got High.” (Sample lyrics : I was gonna go to class, before I got high/I coulda cheated, and I coulda passed, but I got high.)
Connelly’s sentence isn’t all fun and games, though. In addition to apologizing and standing on display in his toga for an hour in front of the police department, he will pay a $300 fine and complete four hours of community service. If he stays out of trouble for four months, the charges will be dropped from his record–but presumably, not from the internet.
Next time you have a party, who you gonna call?
St. Andrews, Scotland
Ghostbusters! This weekend, movie star Bill Murray played in a golf tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland. But instead of partying with the tournament’s other famous participants, Murray ended up washing dishes at a local college party.
Murray was drinking with some friends at a bar when he met Lykke Stavnef, a Norwegian social anthropology student. According to the Telegraph, instead of sticking with his friends when the bar closed, Murray accompanied Stavnef to a party chock full of Scandinavian students.
“Nobody could believe it when I arrived at the party with Bill Murray,” said Stavnef. “We met him in the bar and he made some jokes. He was just like the character in Lost in Translation.” The house was out of glasses, but according to Stavnef, Murray didn’t mind drinking vodka out of a coffee cup. ” He was joking with me about reheating some leftover pasta and how drunk everyone was,” said Agnes Huitfeldt, another attendee . After they ate the leftovers, Murray volunteered to do the dishes. Stavnef described Murray as relaxed and friendly, adding, ” It was really amusing when he started to wash up.”