International Town & Gown Association 
College Town Newsletter 

March 3, 2016
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In This Issue
Law School Panel Considers Town-Gown Land Use Regulations
Cornell Chronicle, by Emily McNeil
A Cornell Law School panel explored the ways in which college towns have used legal restrictions to control student behavior and preserve the integrity of their neighborhoods. "College students have a significant impact on the residential life of their university's cities, potentially leading to negative spill over that disrupts the local community," said Sara Bronin. Jane Kolo-dinsky, a professor at the University of Vermont, discussed the informal and formal agreements between municipalities and universities to manage Burlington's historic college town. A Cornell law professor discussed how Duke and Notre Dame are partnering with city administrators to buy properties in decaying neighborhoods, renovate them, and sell them to university staff." Cities and universities will continue to experiment with land-use regulations to foster harmony among student and local interests. 
UMass, Community Coalition Looks to Fort Collins for Registering Off-campus Parties, by Scott Merzbach
In Fort Collins, Colorado, off-campus students at CSU and city residents can register parties they intend to hold on Fridays and Saturdays and holidays popular for gatherings. For those whose parties make so much noise that neighbors are bothered by the decibel level, being enrolled in this registration program can be the difference between getting a courtesy call from the city's emergency dispatchers, allowing the party hosts to bring their event under control on their own, and being paid a visit by officers who might deliver a costly noise ticket. With Amherst continuing to face quality-of-life issues related to University of Massachusetts students living in off-campus housing, town and university officials are discussing launching a similar pilot program. It is being developed after extensive study by a subcommittee of the Campus Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking. 
Alumnus Expands Landlord-Review Site  
Town-Gown Nation News
  The Temple News, by Brett Lane
Oft Ezeugwu first got the idea for his business while serving as VP of external affairs for Temple Student Government in 2013. "When I was running for vice president, there's a lot of things dealing with off-campus," Ezeugwu said. "We were trying to figure out how  to help students with off-campus housing, issues with landlords and property managers. We wanted them to know what to expect." The 2013 entrepreneurship and management information systems alumnus is the co-founder and CEO of Whose Your Landlord, a website that provides property renters with information and reviews of landlords provided by former renters. "We wanted it unbiased," Ezeugwu said. "We went to landlords and asked if the questions were fair. We just want to promote a transparent community that prides itself on accountability." Whose Your Landlord is based in Philadelphia. 
Off-Campus Shuttle Service Accessible Through App 
Temple Update, by Eve C. Siconolfi
A new shuttle service, "Flight" for students living off campus will launch soon. Combining the efforts of both Temple Student Government and Campus Safety, the bus service will launch by the middle of March. Named by Temple Ad Club's Andrew Moliski, Flight will operate in a similar way as the taxi dispatch company Uber, but for free. Students will use their smartphone app TapRide to request for the bus to pick them up at their current address. TapRide allows users to demand a car just like the services Uber and Lyft. The new service has eight campus drop-off locations. Temple Student Government president Ryan Rinaldi pitched the program while he ran for the position last year, trying to pacify the concern for the lack of off campus transportation. Rinaldi also hopes to have the app active on the TECH Center Computers.  
Maine City Teams With Colby to Revitalize a College Town
Boston Globe, by Brian MacQuarrie
Vacancies outnumber tenants on Main Street. And much of the traffic, which used to teem with shoppers, barrels through downtown on its way to someplace else. Mayor Nick Isgro does not pinpoint a specific date when Waterville hit bottom. Instead, he said, this blue-collar city has been near there for 20 years, a casualty of the job drain that has ravaged mill towns throughout New England. But something is stirring on the banks of the Kennebec River, where a hard-charging newcomer has joined Isgro and other leaders to invigorate a mid-Maine community. The newcomer is David Greene, the president of Colby College, who is reconnecting the liberal-arts institution with its host city in practical and intangible ways that are designed to benefit both. As former VP of the University of Chicago, Green helped develop a plan to make over part of that city's Hyde Park neighborhood.  
Middlebury Bans Energy Drink Sales Citing Ties to 'High-Risk Sexual Activity'
College USA Today, by Sean Speers
Middlebury College's Dining Services is halting the sale of energy drinks like Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy effective March 7. The decision concludes a debate at the Middleton, Vt., campus that has been ongoing since Jan. 19, when Dining Software intern Myles Kamisher-Koch presented scientific research at a Community Council meeting, according to the student newspaper. In a study not  cited by the paper, Kamisher-Koch said research found that "up to 25% of current drinkers combine alcohol beverages with energy drinks." The flyer announcing the decision at Middlebury was signed by Executive Director of Food Service Dan Detora and noted that "increased alcohol consumption, increased likelihood to drive while intoxicated, increased probability of use of other intoxicating substance and increased participation in high-risk sexual activity" as well as other health concerns were reported. 
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