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ChittShow chaos a no-show

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Dozens of Columbus police officers patrolled Chittenden Avenue Saturday night as hundreds of Ohio State students attended the ChittShow block party.

Police used vehicles, horses and bicycles to patrol the event. Multiple reports said three people were arrested.

Hannah Kramer, a third-year in psychology who lives on Chittenden Avenue, said there was a fight behind her house and police didn’t notice. She said she had to call 9-1-1 to resolve the problem, but she still had a good time at ChittShow.

“It was a nice change of scenery from the bars,” she said.

The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately return multiple requests for comment.

Students still decided to attend ChittShow after a week of post-Woodfest frenzy and warning emails from administration.

“We’re the party street, and we had to one-up them.” said Adam Schmerge, who graduated from OSU in 2010 with a degree in animal sciences.

In the end, ChittShow did not result in the same conflict seen at the previous week’s Woodfest.

The weekend before, several houses organized Woodfest ’11, a block party that spilled into the street, blocking traffic on East Woodruff Avenue between High Street and Indianola Avenue. Columbus police dispersed the party at about midnight with the use of pepper spray.

At Woodfest, two OSU students and a Columbus State student were arrested and charged with assault on a police officer. The three students — Matthew Coleman, 19, majoring in biology, Brian Witt, 21, majoring in civil engineering and Michael Shivak, 21 — all posted bond and have a court date set for Wednesday, according to court documents.

Several attempts to reach Witt and Coleman, the OSU students involved, were unsuccessful.

Some students said the environment at ChittShow was calmer than that of Woodfest.

Sean Hufgard, a fourth-year in civil engineering, and Justin Jones, a fourth-year in public affairs, said they witnessed cops playing corn hole with students while patrolling the event.

Jones said he recognized that the police were only there to prevent the party from becoming unsafe.

Emily Tara contributed to this story.

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