ASU Party-Girl Not Afraid of Joe Arpaio, Says "Nobody's Going to Be Sober" This Weekend
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One of Arizona State University's more prolific partyers says self-proclaimed tough-guy Sheriff Joe Arpaio won't be putting the kibosh on ASU's party scene this weekend.
The Tempe Police Department is enlisting the help of Arpaio's office for its "Safe and Sober" campaign, which already racked up nearly 1,400 arrests in three weekends.
However, ASU party-girl Chelsea Frank tells New Times, "Nobody's going to be safe, and nobody's going to be sober."
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Back in 2010, when Frank was a sophomore at ASU, she formed a group that had the sole purpose of helping ASU climb to the top of Playboy magazine's party-school rankings.
Frank started the group after Playboy ranked ASU the 15th-biggest party school in the nation, and maybe it's a coincidence, but the Sun Devils were back up to sixth in the nation for the next year's ranking.
Frank, now 23, still is fighting for the ASU party scene, as she explained when New Times woke her up this morning (ahem, at 12:41 p.m.).
"I wanna party, because I'm allowed to," she says.
Tempe PD's been cracking down pretty hard on the party scene since the beginning of the ASU semester. In addition to having cops from several other agencies help out in DUI enforcement and citing youngsters for underage drinking, police are also enforcing more party-noise violations in neighborhoods.
The "Safe and Sober" campaign was supposed to end after three weekends, but Arpaio, always playing the wannabe tough-guy, offered his services to help shut down the party animals, so MCSO deputies will be teaming up with Tempe PD this weekend.
"Why are you so proud of your pink fucking underwear . . . like, who is he?" Frank asked. "I'm going to wear pink underwear in the street today. I'm gonna start a fashion statement."
Frank allegedly told us she she got loaded last night and called 911, telling the dispatcher to transfer her to the non-emergency line so she could complain about this weekend's enforcement.
"I was like, 'I don't like this,'" she says.
She says police gave her an explanation for the continued party enforcement -- there's more partying. Frank countered that there's less partying because people are afraid of police (which would seem to mean that the operation's working). Less partying is not what Frank is all about.
The recent enforcement has affected her personally, she says. She told us about getting arrested after "some dumb bitch rolling on ecstasy" opened the door for police responding to a noise complaint one recent afternoon, and she was arrested for not paying her entire fine for an underage drinking ticket she got back in 2010, she says.
Frank also works for a company that organizes parties at all the hip new student-housing complexes around the ASU campus, but says the business is struggling, since no one wants to host parties or draw attention to themselves with the PD's new enforcement measures.
Frank's not alone -- a total of 1,367 people were arrested by Tempe PD's alcohol task-force in three weekends. Considering the response we've seen from students who don't exactly seem afraid of old man Arpaio, we assume that number's only going to grow this weekend.
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