Arizona Daily Wildcat Online
sections
Front Page
News
Opinions
Sports
Go Wild
Live Culture
Police Beat
Datebook
Comics
Crossword
Special Sections
Photo Spreads
Classifieds
The Wildcat
Letter to the Editor
Wildcat Staff
Search
Archives
Job Openings
Advertising Info
Student Media
Arizona Student Media Info
UATV -
Student TV
 
KAMP -
Student Radio
The Desert Yearbook
Daily Wildcat Staff Alumni

University tackles party problems


Photo
Jake Lacey/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Jill McCormick owns the Pepper Tree Bed and Breakfast Inn, east of University Boulevard and Euclid Avenue. She says that students have behaved better near her house than in previous years.
By Djamila Grossman
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, November 4, 2005
Print this

Ongoing vandalism and noise issues in neighborhoods around campus have led UA officials to come up with a number of measures to ease relations between residents and students.

The UA has created pamphlets, videos, panel discussions and direct consultation efforts to educate off-campus students about how to avert confrontations with residents that result from different lifestyles, said Veda Kowalski, associate dean of students.

"We are aware that problem is out there and it is our duty to respond to that issue," Kowalski said. "We want to start that dialogue, we want to create discussion about the situation."

Commuter Student Affairs and the Office of Community Relations puts out brochures that offer tips about how to get along with neighbors, and they also created a "move-in, move-out" campaign to educate students moving out of residence halls about the issue, Kowalski said.

In a more light-hearted approach, the Dean of Students Office published a video, "Desperate Neighbors," in an attempt to inform students in a humorous way about how to get along with their nonstudent neighbors.

The video was a joint effort sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Community Relations, Pepsi, Alltel, Finley and Kathleen Dunbar's ward, Kowalski said.

Kowalski said she believes there is a way to minimize the issue and stressed the importance of dialogue between students, neighbors, the university and city officials.

As of now there are a number of complaints as upset neighbors have called for an extension of the Student Code of Conduct to off-campus activities, said Jaime Gutierrez, vice president in the Office of Community Relations.

But it is impossible to grant that request because of legal and financial issues, Gutierrez said.

City officials are "very concerned," and police have adopted more rigorous methods aimed at underage drinking and unruly behavior, Gutierrez said.

Even though most residents realize the UA is working on solving the problem, some say the university is not doing enough, Gutierrez said.

Every two months there is a meeting between residents, city and UA officials, and officers from the university and city police department where the group tries to create a framework about which problems need to be addressed, Gutierrez said.

"There are some natural tensions," Gutierrez said. "(But) it's a pretty valuable tool to use to let students know what their responsibilities are."

A panel discussion addressing these responsibilities and neighborhood relations will be held Wednesday at noon in Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center.

Speakers include Kowalski and Tucson residents, who will open up the dialogue with students, and "Desperate Neighbors" will also be presented.



Write a Letter to the Editor
articles
2 suspected of KUAT theft
divider
Frat Chow: Higher prices mean better food
divider
University tackles party problems
divider
Quick Hits
divider
Campus briefs
divider
Controversial screenwriters talk to media students today
divider
Fast Facts
divider
It's music to Wildcat alumni's ears
divider
Restrictions could hurt fun, students say
divider
Homecoming weekend calendar of events
divider
Police Beat
divider
Datebook
divider
Restaurant and Bar Guide
Housing Guide
Search for:
advanced search Archives

NEWS | SPORTS | OPINIONS | GO WILD
CLASSIFIEDS | ARCHIVES | CONTACT US | SEARCH



Webmaster - webmaster@wildcat.arizona.edu
Copyright 2005 - The Arizona Daily Wildcat - Arizona Student Media