Fraternities, Tucson mayor team up to improve neighborhood safety
RANDY METCALF/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Management information systems senior Rob Scherillo, also an Interfraternity Council member, helps distribute fliers on how to be a good neighbor yesterday afternoon. Along with good neighbor tips, the fliers also include information about fake IDs, red tagging and other drinking related laws.
Thursday September 6, 2001
Distribution of informational door hangers began Tuesday
The Interfraternity Council is teaming up with the vice-mayor of Tucson to teach the community about being a good neighbor.
For the next month, IFC, along with Campus Health Services, Vice-mayor Fred Ronstadt and the University of Arizona Campus & Community Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, will be distributing more than 1,000 door hangers in the West University Neighborhood next to the UA.
They began distributing the door hangers Tuesday morning.
The hangers will advise local neighborhoods how to be a "good neighbor" by informing neighbors of when parties are planned, cleaning up after the party and joining neighborhood associations.
The door hangers also inform the neighborhoods of the law.
"Ronstadt's partnership with the campus community will help educate surrounding neighborhoods about the laws regarding alcohol," said Ronstadt's assistant Michael McKnight Guymon.
The laws address underage drinking, DUIs and fake IDs as well as parking violations and being "red tagged," or cited by police for hosting several rowdy parties.
"Vice-mayor Ronstadt supports any campaigns that discourage binge drinking," Guymon said.
The IFC is concerned about alcohol consumption within the community as well.
"It is important to (the IFC) to reach out into the community about alcohol safety," said Ken Tierney, IFC vice president. "We are concerned about the community as a whole."
Campus Health Services had contacted IFC to help them distribute the door hangers.
"This has turned out to be a great philanthropy," Tierney said. "(Greek Life) gets to send out a message to the community about how to be a respectable neighbor."
Tierney added that every fraternity involved with IFC will be given an appropriate amount of hangers to distribute according to the amount of members the house has.
"Both actives and pledges will be given the hangers," said Tierney.
Tierney also said that working with Ronstadt and the coalition has helped make the philanthropy more widespread. The coalition was founded in 1998 to form a cooperative effort in maintaining a partnership between the UA campus and the community.
The UA Community Relations Office will sponsor the printing and distribution of 10,000 more hangers next spring, said Guymon.
The printing costs for the first 1,000 hangers were donated by a local printing company.
Additional hangers will be dispersed throughout the seven remaining neighborhoods around the UA.