The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
October 18, 2018
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The Scooter Wars of 2018
Dockless electric scooters are filling a transportation gap for students, who have quickly taken to using the app-based, pay-as-you-ride scooters to get around many campuses. A happy medium between bicycle and car, the new technology has brought convenience to students as well as confusion for college officials, who are figuring out how best to accommodate the scooters while addressing potential safety and accessibility issues. So, where is it appropriate to ride them? And because they are dockless, where should they be parked? Miami University in Ohio is working to answer these questions after hundreds of scooters from two popular companies debuted in Oxford, Ohio, this fall. Inside Higher Ed
Study Finds 1 in 5 College Students Reported Thoughts of Suicide
One of five college students reported thoughts of suicide in the past year, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a finding the researchers say highlights an agent need to help young people reduce the overwhelming stress that can come with campus life. The study, published Thursday in the journal Depression & Anxiety, surveyed more than 67,000 college students at more than 100 colleges in the United States. It found that racial, sexual and gender minorities are especially vulnerable, but that stress, mental health diagnosis, and risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts were common among all students. The Boston Globe
PLCB Holds Annual Alcohol Education Conference on Prevention of Underage and Dangerous Drinking
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today held its annual alcohol education conference, hosting educators and law enforcement personnel who discussed strategies to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking. At the start of the conference, PLCB Member Mike Negra presented a check for $15,000, on behalf of the PLCB and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), to representatives from the borough of State College to help fund the 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference, which will be held in State College. "Next year's conference is an exciting opportunity for Pennsylvania to lead a national conversation among higher education and government officials to explore strengthening town-gown partnerships." said Negra. Business Insider
Colleges Partner with Housing Authorities to Combat Student Homelessness
Officials at Tacoma Community College knew they had a problem when they surveyed students four years ago and learned that nearly 100 of them reported being homeless or near homeless. The survey underscored what, at the time, was becoming a crisis for the region. The IT boom in Seattle had driven demand for housing to accommodate new workers moving to the area. Rental housing costs and home sale prices shot up. The college administrators searched for ways to help students with housing problems and found a unique solution. They partnered with the Tacoma Housing Authority and started the College Housing Assistance Program in 2014. It now provides vouchers for about 150 students annually. Inside Higher Ed
Thousands of Smiles at CommUniversity Day
Stony Brook University welcomed the community to campus at CommUniversity Day. The free festival gave the audience of roughly 3,500 friends, employees, families and students a chance to explore many interactive, hands-on activities and captivating performances coordinated through more than 300 University volunteers. Many different departments and groups from the campus were represented. "Stony Brook University has so much to offer. CommUniversity Day was a great way for our neighbors to experience the many points of pride from our campus community," said President Samuel L Stanley. "We want our neighbors to know that they are welcome here." Stony Brook University
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