International Town & Gown Association 
College Town Newsletter

March 16, 2017
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In This Issue
Survey Results say...There's a Disconnect
Town-Gown Nation News
Inside Higher Ed, by Kevin Kruger
The most recent  Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents illustrates a disconnect between what presidents believe is occurring at their institutions and what is actually happening among our student populations. Despite presidents' impressions of the day-to-day experiences, all is not rosy, and student affairs administrators can provide presidents with a reality check when it comes to the good and the not-so-good circumstances and events that are transpiring. Some issues that concern presidents most are often related to student behaviors and experiences outside of the class-room. The key to mining our expertise is to have a realistic understanding of our areas of responsibility, and a plan for best accessing our expertise and close connections throughout the institution. This allows presidents to make the best decisions possible for their campus communities. 
How Universities are Working to Shatter the Ivory Tower
Maclean's, by Jennifer Lewington
Universities have not always been the best of neigh-bours. Community members squabble with the schools over irritants like development plans, rowdy student parties and self-centered research practices. That's beginning to change as universities increasingly turn to local residents and non-profit organizations as allies, not adversaries. "There is a fundamental shift in univer-sities across North American from the ivory tower to the public square," says Diane Kenyon, vice president of university relations for the University of Calgary. Carlton University political scientist Peter Andree is principal investigator of the "Community First SSHRC study. He cites three factors driving the "emerging" movement. One is about researchers being more respectful. Another, he says, is that students want meaningful experiences that contribute to their education. Finally, he points to rising public expectations about "social license" of universities in uncertain times.
Thorold Considers Banning of Drinking on Rooftops
Niagara This Week, by Paul Forsyth
Students climbing up on rooftops to drink and party may soon find the long arm of the law tapping them on the shoulder. That's because city council has asked staff to prepare a bylaw to address the phenomenon of university students sitting on roofs and knocking back some cold ones, a trend known as roofing or brewing. Council Terry Ugulini, a member of the city's revived town and gown committee set up to address what residents say are serious problems related to Brock University students partying it up in their neighbourhoods, told fellow council members that Niagara Regional Police brought up the idea of a new brewfing bylaw at a town and gown meeting. The City of St. Catharine is also working on a bylaw to cover roofing, and the City of London, Ont. recently changed its nuisance parties bylaw to include banning roofing. Mayor Ted Luciani said he was already bracing for St. Patricks Day and the off-campus parties that often take place that day. 
Local Mayors Discuss Ways to Create 'College Towns'
Pipe Dream, by Alexandra Hupka
On March 2, mayors Rich David of the city of Bingham-ton, Greg Deemie of Johnson City and John Bertoni of Endicott spoke to students, faculty, local business own-ers and community members about city and college relations. Each mayor focused on a college town theme and discussed how their municipalities could become more welcoming to students and other members of the University community. Deemie said the village is working on projects that will increase public safety, making Johnson City more walkable and bring in more dining and shopping options to the Main Street area. Bertoni discussed the idea of establishing a bus line between Binghamton University and Endicott. David said that construction of a new trail between the University and Downtown Binghamton will begin this spring. In addition, a blue-light safety system will be installed around Binghamton's West Side. 
Booze, Pot, Grades
Inside Higher Ed, by Emily Tate
A new study out of Yale University confirms a notion college and university administrators have held for years, that substance abuse is linked to a decline in student grades, but this study also reveals a number of trends among college students that surprised its au-thors. Researchers at Yale and the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., found that students who drank a mod-erate to heavy amount of alcohol actually had a similar grade point average to those who consumed little to no alcohol. However, students who used moderate to heavy alcohol as well as marijuana saw their grades plum-meting. Shashwath Media, first author of the study, said students often enter  college with an exaggerated idea of who is drinking and how much they are drinking, Media said. In reality, many students choose to abstain. 
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