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UConn tries to change image of spring weekend

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Spring weekend at the University of Connecticut started Thursday and school officials hope it will be marked by student-run activities and volunteering instead of police activity.

They said they've been trying to change the image of the weekend-long party.

The theme for this year's festivities was "UConn learns, UConn serves, UConn cares."

Planned activities include a glow-in-the-dark 5k, a cake decorating contest and a talent show. Also on the agenda is mud volleyball.

"I did it last year and it was awesome and it was a great activity to do stuff with your friends and really partake in the school atmosphere," said Geoff Deville, a sophomore.

Thursday, students planned to kick things off with therapy dogs to help students recharge and relax at the student union. The faculty's portion of "UConn's Got Talent" was also on the schedule. Then at night was the 5k.

UConn officials said they still want students to enjoy the school atmosphere, just not the same way it was done in the past.

For years, they said spring weekend was known for excessive drinking, massive parties, flipped cars and burned couches. They tried to bring that to a halt in 2010 when a student died from a punch to the head.

Many of the same security restrictions remained in place this year, including wristbands for students and a ban on guests in the dorms and dining halls.

"You won't be able to have visitors come and stay with you in the residence halls," said Stephanie Reitz of UConn. "Police will be around, but really more for monitoring to keep things safe."

Events were planned through Saturday.

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