Sunday, October 4, 2015

Penn investigates wild women's lacrosse party at Fado

The Fado Irish Pub, at 15th and Locust streets in Center City. (Google StreetView)
The Fado Irish Pub, at 15th and Locust streets in Center City. (Google StreetView)

The University of Pennsylvania has launched an investigation after members of the women’s lacrosse team allegedly damaged Fado Irish Pub in Center City during a wild party Saturday night.

"We have been made aware of the allegations by Fado, and we are deeply concerned about them,” director of athletic communications Michael Mahoney said Tuesday in a statement. Mahoney said Penn coaches and senior staff are meeting with lacrosse team members and “will continue to thoroughly investigate” the incident. 

Claims about the students’ raucous behavior were first made by Fado general manager Casey Neff and reported in The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Neff told the student newspaper that a group of about 50 people attending a lacrosse team event shattered a glass light fixture, stole a bottle of liquor from the bar and smoked marijuana in the bathroom. The group also allegedly exposed a female student’s genitals to patrons and left a paltry tip of less than 4 percent on a $1,300 tab. 

“If the description of incidents around this event is accurate and found to involve our team and their guests, this was deplorable behavior that will not be tolerated,” Mahoney said.

Neff said he doesn’t plan on filing a police report, as he was unable to single out any individuals responsible for the alleged damage. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

The Daily Pennsylvanian also reported that student groups affiliated with Penn’s Wharton School are already banned from making reservations at Fado due to past unruly conduct, including allegations of cocaine use in the bathrooms and urinating on the bar. Fado reportedly held a meeting Monday to discuss whether to take reservations from Penn groups in the future.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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