The International Town & Gown Association Newsletter™
January 11, 2018
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Statewide Ban on a Fraternity
A Pennsylvania judge has banned fraternity Pi Delta Psi from the state for a decade, a punishment for a hazing death in 2013, and an unprecedented step likely to rock the national Greek system. Chun Hsien Deng, a pledge from the City University of New York's Baruch College, was vacationing in the Poconos with his fraternity brothers when he died during a hazing ritual called the "glass ceiling." Hank Nuwer, a journalism professor at Franklin College who has written extensively about hazing and fatalities said, "It seems #metoo and other zero-tolerance movements toward behavior problems [are] finally hitting the hazing issue." Inside Higher Ed
New Laws: Reduced penalty for Underage Drinkers, Parking Ticket Limits
Young partiers under the age of 21 got a gift from Michigan's Legislature on New Year's Day: a second chance. A new law went into effect on Jan. 1 that changes the charge of minor in profession of alcohol from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction that carries a $100 fine. Its a charge that ensnared 4,408 kids in 2016, many of them in college towns, according to statistics from the Michigan State Police. And while young people getting MIP tickets will get a break, people with unpaid parking tickets will get the hammer. The city of Detroit received $13 million in parking ticket revenue in 2016. Detroit Free Press
The 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference Call for Proposals Closes Feb 1
The Ohio State University and City of Columbus are excited to host the 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference, May 29-June 1. The conference program tracks are designed to encourage interactive conversations that will inform and inspire the future of our communities. To see the conference tracks and/or submit a proposal by Feb. 1, click here. Take advantage of the early registration rates by Feb. 1. Pre-conference professional development opportunities are offered Tuesday, May 29 through the Certificate in Town Gown Relations Level I or Level II workshops . Space is limited. Register today.
University of Scranton Increases its Donation to City, Directs Where Funds Should Go
The University of Scranton increased its annual donation to the city, from $175,000 to $200,000, and for the first time directed where funds will go, officials said. The donation, classified as a payment in lieu of taxes, will be used for areas identified jointly by the city and university. They include $150,000 to the city's downtown economic development plan and $50,000 to the Police Department. The university and city police work closely together and the university supports the new public-private partnership approach for downtown, said Julie Schumacher Cohen, the university's director of community and government relations. The Times-Tribune.
St. Andrews Undergoing a Process of 'Studentification'
The small Scottish town of St. Andrews is home to one of the UK's oldest and most highly regarded universities. The University of St. Andrews has grown very rapidly in recent years, witnessing a threefold expansion in student numbers between 2002 and 2017. Today, there are 9,000 full-time students matriculated in a town with a permanent population of just 16,800. There is not doubt that St. Andrews is undergoing a process of "studentification," which occurs when there's a major influx of students into specific areas of cities, towns and neighbourhoods. The university investigated the effect it had on the town and found an increase in the number of student-occupied HMOs across St. Andrews. Independent
Partnerships Lead to Progress
If any one word can sum up the year 2017 in Maryville and Nodaway County, it's "partnership." Millions of dollars in new projects either got underway or were completed over the past 12 months, and almost every one of them involved significant cooperation between government, the private sector, education, healthcare, economic development agencies and other entities. One of the prime examples was the joint effort by Northwest Missouri State University and the City of Maryville to convince voters to approve a transient guest tax, or bed tax, on nightly hotel stays. The Maryville Forum
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Save the Date: The 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference, hosted by The University of Ohio and City of Columbus, May 29-June 1. Learn more.

Conference Registration : Early registration rates end February 1. Learn more .

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