The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
September 13, 2018
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Parents, Greek Leaders Create Anti-Hazing Campaign
A group of parents of students who died in hazing rituals is working with national Greek life organizations on a national campaign designed to press state lawmakers to strengthen anti-hazing laws. Among the proposed measures: making it a felony to force students to consume alcohol during an initiation. Four sets of parents whose children died from hazing-related incidents are working with the North American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference. The coalition intends to lobby for the Report and Educate About Campus hazing, or REACH, Act at the federal level, which would force institutions to report hazing acts. Inside Higher Ed
Marquette, Near West Side Partners Awarded $1.3 Million from HUD for Economic Development
Marquette University and Near West Side Partners was awarded $1.3 million Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to revitalize the College Court apartments and to continue development efforts on the northwest side. Through the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, Marquette University and the Near West Side Partners will develop a plan, working with residents and surrounding stakeholders to continue to improve housing opportunities in the neighborhood. U.S. Hud awarded nearly $5 million to six communities across the country, including Marquette and Near West Side Partners. Other awards were given in Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey. BizTimes
City of Athens & Ohio University Receive International Award for Outstanding Town and Gown Relations
Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis announced that Ohio University and the City of Athens have received the Larry Abernathy Award from the ITGA for their joint efforts to foster stronger relationships and communications on and off-campus. The Larry Abernathy award is given annually at the ITGA City & University Relations Conference to a city and university that together best exemplify the mission of ITGA and demonstrate a clear desire to collaborate for the betterment of the community and campus. Previous awards have been given to San Marcos and Texas State University (2017), San Luis Obispo and California State Polytechnic University (2016), Boulder and the University of Colorado Boulder (2015) and Kent and Kent State University (2014). Ohio University
Queen's University Parties Spur New Policy Requiring Those Charged to Appear in Court
More than 100 people are being sent to court after the first weekend of the new school year at Queen's University under a new city pilot project aimed at controlling intoxicated crowds in public. These crowds that assemble around this time of year, made up of students, locals and visitors, have been known to block off key city ambulance routes, cram into unsanctioned house parties and congest local emergency rooms in Kingston, Ont. Now under the pilot project, anyone ticketed for high-risk or disruptive behavior during orientation week, homecoming weekend and St. Patrick's Day, will have to appear in person at a Kingston courthouse. The pilot project was implemented after agreement from the mayor, the local police service, the university and various city offices. The Globe and Mail
A Record Number of Cal Poly Students will Live on Campus-and We're Committed to Housing More
In a matter of days, 1,475 students will be the first to live in Cal Poly's newest student housing. This new facility has allowed Cal Poly to get freshman out of campus apartments intended for continuing students and to de-triple many crowded rooms, making 800 additional bed spaces available for continuing students who otherwise would have been living off-campus this fall. This year about 8,000 students will live on campus. Almost 3,500 of them will be continuing students, more than ever in Cal Poly's history. This was one of the first projects I started when I joined this community as vice president for student affairs, and it is our first major step toward making Cal Poly a deeply residential campus.
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