The drop in arrests and citations from last weekend's State Patty's Day event in State College is an improvement, but the number of criminal incidents remains appalling.
And while the Penn State community gets a figurative black eye as a result of the reports of bad behavior, much, if not most, of the problems apparently are coming from non-students.
That's a shame coming so soon after students and their supporters shined by conducting a record dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer. That's the type of image Penn State and Happy Valley deserve.
State College police reported a drop of nearly 4 percent (from 234 to 225) in arrests during this year's State Patty's Day activities compared with 2011, while Penn State University police said their arrests and citations dropped by a third, going from 107 last year to 71 last weekend.
Still that means nearly 300 people are facing various charges from this one weekend, hardly a reason to celebrate, even if many of the charges were non-violent. State College police said its total included 52 for underage drinking, 42 for open containers and 25 each for public drunkenness and public urination.
But not all - and possibly not most - of the blame for the weekend's troubles falls on Penn State students.
Interestingly, 40 of the 71 people charged by University Police were not students. A breakdown between students and non-students charged by State College police this year is not immediately available, the department said in a press release. State College police said it appears many non-students were charged this year, but the department doesn't expect the percentage to be as high as in 2011.
We commend those who are working to reverse the negative image created by State Patty's Day.
Students, campus groups and State College Borough officials conducted a number of activities, including some community service projects, to provide an alternative to the drinking surrounding State Patty's Day.
Perhaps continued emphasis in this direction will discourage the bad behavior that State Patty's Day has become known for and provide less enticement for non-students to flock to State College and cause trouble.
That would be a change that everyone could cheer about.