SUNY Cortland President apologizes for students' behavior during Cortaca weekend

SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum has released an apology for Saturday's Cortaca celebration incidents in Cortland.
Cortland (WSYR-TV) - SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum has released the following statement on Saturday's Cortaca celebration incidents in Cortland:

"As the president of SUNY Cortland, I would like to personally apologize to the Cortland community for the inexcusable behavior of some of our students related to Saturday’s football game with Ithaca College. Please be assured that the College will work closely with city officials to implement measures intended to prevent this type of activity from occurring again.

The annual Cortaca game is a time-honored athletic tradition that SUNY Cortland and its alumni take great pride in. Unfortunately, as we all saw Saturday, the athletic contest has become secondary to the celebration for some students, guests and visitors to the community. As an institution dedicated to academic and athletic excellence we are determined to turn this destructive culture around. I have been in communication with the College’s top officials over the weekend and we will meet together to discuss the options Monday morning. We will meet with city officials as soon as possible after that. Together, we will consider any and all ideas as we move forward.

SUNY Cortland takes pride in maintaining a positive, mutually beneficial relationship with its neighbors and the surrounding community. Several years ago, collaboration between the College and the city allowed us to stop the destructive Clayton Avenue block party that used to occur every spring. We are confident we can have a similar impact on the unruly celebrations surrounding Cortaca."

Original story: Around 30 people were arrested after some excessive celebrations in Cortland.

Cortland Police told NewsChannel 9 that the situation stemmed from Cortaca weekend.

That is the weekend when SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College play a football game against each other for The Cortaca Jug.

Cortland won Saturday's game.

Students were reportedly drunk and throwing items into the street.

"They were throwing beer cans up in the air, tables, chairs, teddy bears, anything. You name it," said Brandon Symonds who saw the out-of-control parties.

The celebration started in the streets near Clayton Avenue while the game was going on.

Police estimated around 4,000 to 6,000 people were in the streets.

Police said they're always more prepared with more officers for Cortaca weekend but on Saturday they called in backup, including at least seven law enforcement agencies.

Several people sustained minor injuries during the celebration.
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