International Town & Gown Association 
College Town Newsletter

December 3, 2015
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New Banner Program to Promote University of Redlands, Local Businesses 
Redlands Daily Facts, by Kristina Hernandez
University of Redlands' Town & Gown and Office of Alumni Relations have teamed up with local businesses to showcase happenings on campus. Shops and restaurants are hanging Bulldog banners to promote events and milestones at the university, such a football games and the upcoming Feast of Lights celebration. The spirit banner program was the idea of co-owner of the Citrograph, Al Hernandez, and Shelli Stockton, director of alumni and community relations, as a way for local merchants to be more involved with the university, and to make it more appealing to those who go downtown, said Stockton. The banners further the connection between the university and downtown, added Char Burgess, vice president and dean of student life. "I am all for it and I think they are really attractive, too," she said. There are plans to expand the program, but the current focus is downtown. 
City, PSU Approve $600K Land Deal
The Morning Sun, by Patrick Richardson
PSU and the City of Pittsburgh late last month received final approval from Kansas' Attorney General on an agreement in which the two entities will exchange just over 100 acres of land. On Tuesday night, the two formalized a deal worth nearly $600,000 prior to the city commission meeting. "This process began nearly two years ago during a discussion of our facilities plans," said PSU President Steve Scott in a release. "We wanted better access to our Baja site and an area for future expansion. The city wanted land that would help it attract new housing. We discovered we each had the solution to the other's problem." Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall agreed at Tuesday's meeting. "As we studied the proposal it appeared, to quote Dr. Scott, 'we had each other's land," Hall said. Scott said the land exchange was a "statement and symbol" of the way the city/university work together. 
Enforcement of Underage Drinking Slows During Budget Impasse
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The Telegraph, by Heather Gillers
Bartenders and liquor store clerks around the state have a strong incentive to ask young-looking customers for ID: the risk that those patrons may not only be under-age but also working undercover for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. These days, however, that risk is low. Liquor commission sting operations are among the latest casualties of Illinois' nearly five-month budget standoff, with only 38 this past August, the most recent month for which figures are available, compared with 208 in August 2014. Liquor commis-sion spokesman Terry Horstman said the stings will ramp back up once funding is approved. Statewide sting operations, run by Illinois' 15 liquor control agents in conjunction with state and local police, began about 10 years ago, Hortsman said. Liquor control agents also visited college towns, including Champaign, Urbana, Carbondale and Evanston during 2014-15.  
Collaboration Celebrated at 2015 Town- Gown Awards
Cornell Chronicle, by Nancy Doolittle
Collaboration was the word of the day at the 2015 Town Gown (TOGO) Awards to recognize town and campus partnerships that improve the quality of life in Tompkins County and the Ithaca area. Community and campus members also thanked 14 leaders leaving high-profile elected, appointed or nonprofit positions. "The univer-sity, the city and county have a long history of cooperation for mutual benefit, and as a relative newcomer, I am grateful for this positive atmosphere and the opportunity to move still further in our relationship," said Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett, addressing her first TOGO gathering. Garrett highlighted collaborations whose representatives were recognized with TOGO awards. The Office of Community Relations, led by Director Gary Stewart, hosted the ceremony, now in its fifth year. 
Alumnus Creates Mobile App for On-the-Go Job Seekers 
The Daily Reveille, by Carrie Grace Henderson
LSU alumnus Scott Wilkes, with the help of the LSU Student Incubator, created an app he describes as "Craigslist on the go." Wilkes said the iPhone app squik allows users to post odd jobs from dog sitting to picking up groceries, and others can pick up those jobs and make a few extra dollars. "It's similar to an Uber, but we wanted to reach a broader range," Wilkes said. The app shows users jobs available in their area. After deciding what job they want to do, users negotiate price through in-app bidding. Squik takes 15 percent plus 20 cents for every transaction made through the app. Wilkes graduated in 2015 and got the idea when he used to see several people from his apartment complex at the grocery store or headed to the gym at the same time. This jogged the idea that it would be more convenient and environmentally friendly to carpool or consolidate grocery trips with others.
City Weighs Ideas for Reining in Alcohol- Fueled Crime  
The Davis Enterprise, by Felicia Alvarez
As City Hall staffers seek solutions to increasing crime stemming from Davis' downtown nightlife scene, what kind of alcohol restrictions are being contemplated? By enacting a moratorium this fall on new bars and restau-rants exceeding 2,500 square feet and serving alcohol, city staff has frozen the expansion of nightlife downtown as a way of buying time to develop a new ordinance. The moratorium was enacted after a fatal Sept. 19 gang-related stabbing. Davis is one of several cities across the state that are considering ways to crack-down on alcohol-fueled crime. Earlier this month, the Oceanside City Council approved an ordinance that requires training for all workers who sell alcohol. The trainings discuss ways to preventing over-serving alcohol and ABC-related laws. San Luis Obispo creates a safety enhancement zone over
the entire city during periods of particular rowdiness, said Christine Wallace, neighborhood outreach manager with the San Luis Obispo Police Dept.
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