Cinco de Mayo

University hopes to prevent violence at street parties

University of Cincinnati official are trying to tame street parties near campus for the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Parties on the weekend nearest the May Fifth holiday have turned violent the past two years. But a new state law inspired by riots at Ohio State University allows universities to strip financial aid and expel students convicted of rioting. Convictions on lesser charges such as failure to disperse can result in loss of financial aid. University of Cincinnati officials are spreading the word about the law and proposed changes to apply the student conduct code to some off-campus actions. At least eight people were convicted of crimes including aggravated rioting and attempted arson in last year's party. People burned couches and overturned a car.