UMass Amherst Cancels Electronic Music Concert, Takes Steps to Educate Students about Dangers of Molly

September 11, 2013

Contact: Ed Blaguszewski 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – Citing concerns about the health and safety of the campus community, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials are cancelling a Sept. 21 electronic dance party at the Mullins Center and warning students about the dangers of the drug MDMA, known as Molly.

The cancellation of Return to Fantazia at the campus arena follows several Molly-related deaths that have been associated with electronic dance parties at venues in New England and New York.

“In an effort to better understand and respond to these current set of circumstances,  venues in the area and universities in the region are cancelling these events and proactively educating their communities about the dangers of Molly,” said Enku Gelaye, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at UMass Amherst. “We are broadly engaged in that effort and will be taking the next few weeks to further that conversation on this campus.”

In an e-mail to students, Gelaye advised students of the dangers associated with Molly and noted that the drug is a dangerous, illegal stimulant prohibited by the UMass Amherst Code of Student Conduct. Several campus offices, including University Health Services, the Center for Health Promotion, the Dean of Students Office and the police department are helping to disseminate information about Molly and its effects.

“We, along with the University, felt that, at this particular time, in light of recent incidents, that it would be in everyone’s best interest to cancel this particular show,” said Ike Richman, vice president for public relations at Comcast-Spectacor, which manages the Mullins Center. “It’s unfortunate as we know a lot of people have been looking forward to it, but we all felt it was what needed to be done at this time.”