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College Town Newsletter

October 6, 2016
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In This Issue
City-Campus Partnerships Can Lead to Breakthroughs in Urban Innovation
South Bend Tribune, by Margaret Fosmoe
There was a time when cities and nearby universities rarely interacted, and when they did it focused mostly on issues related to student behavior or off-campus housing. Those days are gone, as many universities now serve as research and development hubs for technolog-ical innovations designed to solve real-world problems in the community. "Collaboration is the new competi-tion," said Martin O'Malley, a former governor of Maryland and former mayor of Baltimore, during an appearance Thursday as the University of Notre Dame. O'Malley, an advocate of town-gown partnerships, is known for relying on analytics to pinpoint public problems and using that data to act quickly, focusing on issues from crime to repairing potholes. O'Malley is chairman of the advisory board for MetroLab Network, a national effort of more than 35 regional city-university partnerships for innovation.  
New Rochelle Starts Student Housing Registration Program
Lohud, by Dan Reiner
Residents with college-aged neighbors now have the city to call if students get too noisy. In July, New Rochelle City Council approved legislation to enact a Student Housing Business Registration program, which requires landlords of student housing with three or more residents to provide information for a city data-base. The directory gives the city details about over-crowding situations, code compliance and emergency contacts. It also aims to reduce negative student impacts in residential neighborhoods. Council member Barry Fertel, whose district covers some of Iona College's off-campus housing, sponsored the law after he received multiple complaints from homeowners about student disturbances in residential neighborhoods. Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon said the program's launch is a first step in finding out how many students are living off-campus. 
At the Intersection of College and Community
Community College Daily, by Dennis Pierce
From the Austin Community College (ACC) District's six-story central office building, college leaders watched closely while this once-active facility gradually declined as its anchor stores left for brand-new shopping centers in the suburbs. "When a mall of that size becomes blighted, it tends to create a circular effect on the entire community," says ACC President Richard Rhodes. The building was an ideal location for the college. It was only four miles away from the University of Texas at Austin. Phase one of the project transformed a J.C. Penny store into a high-tech center; phase two will include a student-run restaurant, a Workforce Innovation Center, and a health simulation lab, among other learning spaces. ACC's new Highland campus is just one example of how community colleges have purchased and retrofitted existing facilities in their communities to meet local needs.   
'Town and Gown: Today and Tomorrow' Conference at Nottingham Trent University
UKTGA Conference, by Staff Writers
The UK Town and Gown Association will be hosting the Conference 'Town and Gown: Today and Tomorrow,' a two day national event held at Nottingham Trent Univer-sity. The Conference will share leading practice in rela-tion to off-campus activity within the context of the HEI sector. The format follows on from the National Commu-nity Conference held at Manchester in November 2014. The Conference will be chaired by Councillor Nigel Murphy, Executive Mem-ber for Neighbourhood Services at Manchester City Council. The great line-up of presenters and key note speakers from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada can be viewed here. The Conference is scheduled for November 15-16, 2016. Registration is required before October 31. For more information or to register, contact Poppy Humphrey by clicking here
Shift in Rental Market Favours Students, Says U of S Student Union Leader
CBCNews, by Staff Writers
A shift in the rental market is giving University of Saskatchewan students more bargaining power than they have had for years, according to a student union representative. In the past, the new school year has often led to a housing crunch as students rush to find affordable housing in Saskatoon. U of S Student's Union vice-president of student affairs Renata Huyghebaert says she personally struggled to find a suitable home in previous years because prices were higher and vacancies were scarce. But she said this year's students had more choices and negotiating power. This summer was the first time she personally haggled with landlords over the rental price. The incentives included early move-in bonuses, offering the first month rent-free and allowing tenants to pay their damage deposits in installments.
Newly Formed Group Wants to Market Spartanburg as a College Town
Town-Gown Nation News GoUpState.Com, by Mesha Y. Williams
Marketing Spartanburg as a "college town" has just got-ten easier, with higher education officials announcing the formation of a new consortium. The six presidents of Converse College, Sherman College of Straight Chiro-practic, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Technical College and Wofford College Wednesday dis-cussed details of the consortium called the "colleges of Spartanburg." College Town is an initiative aiming to foster collaboration among the colleges and to create a college town identity.  Its main mission is to promote the city as an intellectual and cultural center in South Carolina. Two years ago, Spartanburg nary Bill Barnet initiated talks among the college presidents, wanting to capitalize on the diverse resource locally. Each college has given $5,000 for activities sponsoired through the consortium; the city of Spartanburg has allocated $20,000.
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