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International Town & Gown Association  Newsletter
College Town News
April 23, 2015
 
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In This Issue
CU-Boulder: Party School No More?
University President Highlights Campus, Community Partnerships at Celebration
Public-Private Partnership Residences Increasing on Campuses
Disorderly Houses in Arnold to be Tagged Public Nuisances
Downtown's Free Public WiFi Network Will Provide Valuable New Opportunities
Campus, Community Gather to Open Plaster Center
CU-Boulder: Party School No More? 
ColoradoDaily.com, by Sarah Kuta
There was a time when the University of Colorado conjured up images of 10,000 people strewn across Norlin Quad in tie-dyed T-shirts, hula hooping and play-
ing didgeridoos before exhaling a giant cloud of pot smoke into the air. But this spring marks the fourth year since campus administrators begin cracking down on the annual 4/20 marijuana smoke-out, a move that seems to have helped minimize CU's image as a party school. One of Chancellor Phil DiStefano's top three priorities in recent years has been improving the school's reputation. To do that, the campus is focused on telling its own story to the world, rather than letting outside forces-like thousands of people smoking weed on campus-drive the narrative. CU's Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations office is doing its part as well, with a party registration system for Friday and Saturday nights. "One of the things that really appeals to students is they get the opportunity to break up the party on their own without having an officer there," said Susan Barkman, the office's community outreach coordinator.   
University President Highlights Campus, Community Partnerships at Celebration
Morris SunTribune, by Kim Ukura
On Tuesday, University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) staff and students and their community partners gathered at the Stevens County Historical Museum to celebrate the campus' ongoing community engagement work. Univer-sity of Minnesota President Eric Kaler attended the celebration to congratulate the campus on two recent national awards and recognize recipients of awards from the UMM Office of Community Engagement. In January, UMM was one of 83 colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation to receive initial Community Engagement Classifii-cation, based on collaboration and partnership among an institution and community. In March, the campus was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution of higher education can receive for its community service work.  
Public-Private Partnership Residences Increasing on Campuses 
The Globe and Mail, by Simona Chiose
After the financial crisis of 2008-2009, retail developer Knightstone Capital was searching for lines of business that would be immune to a downturn. When the presi-dent of the Toronto-based real estate investment firm dropped off his daughter at university, a plan took shape. "We showed up on moving day, and I was somewhat surprised to see that the residence had not changed since I was a student 30 years ago," said David Lehberg, the company's president and CEO. Knightstone is now working with Centennial College to plan, finance and build a new residence for more than 700 students on the school's Scarborough campus. Instead of dorm rooms, the residence will be divided into apartments of three and four bedrooms, each with its own kitchen. A conference centre and teaching restaurant will be integrated into the building and staffed by students in the college's hospitality program. By turning to a private partner, universities outsource the risk of financing and construction in exchange for only receiving a small percentage of the overall rental income.      
Disorderly Houses in Arnold to be Tagged Public Nuisances
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TribLive, by George Guido
Arnold officials are hoping a new ordinance will help better define and prohibit disorderly houses. Council on Tuesday night approved a draft of an ordinance de-signed to declare disorderly houses as public nui-sances. That would make it easier for law enforcement officials to act on complaints and make property owners responsible for misconduct. The first move was to prohibit alcohol consumption from open containers within 5 feet of a street or within view of the general public. Such laws were first enacted in college towns where public alcohol consumption became ongoing problems. More recently, these disorderly house measures spread to other municipalities, who tailor them to their specific needs. Some of the definitions surrounding disorderly houses include places where police calls are frequent because of noise complaints, assaults, alcohol consumption, drug use, loitering, gambling and other misbehavior. Arnold's criteria will include two or more police calls within two months, public urination, littering, obstruction of public roads or sidewalks, and violations of city codes. Property owners of tenants will be held responsible. Officials will have the ability to close the disorderly house.
Downtown's Free Public WiFi Network Will Provide Valuable New Opportunities
 The Buffalo News, by Staff Writers
Free Wi-Fi downtown, with the possibility of expanding outward some time in the future, is the latest clear signal to the world (wide web) that Buffalo is primed and ready for business. The public wireless network will allow Internet access along Main Street from Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to Canalside and Erie Basin Marina, starting this summer. It will light up mobile devices, from laptops to tablets to smartphones, giving users free access to the Internet, hopefully to use social media to spread the word about the cultural and other attractions in the area. No one will want to file taxes on the free network, or pay bills over this unsecure connection, but that is not the intention of the three partners, M&T Bank, the University at Buffalo and the City of Buffalo. National Grid is also involved in the project. Free access to the Internet can make a difference in the lives of users, even if just small improvements in convenience. Baby stapes have begun and the complete network is expected to be in place by the summer. 
Campus, Community Gather to Open Plaster Center
Pittsburg State University, by Staff Writers
Hundreds of people from the PSU campus and the community donned their Pitt State gear Tuesday to officially open the new Robert W. Plaster Center, a unique project that is a collaboration between the university, the city and private donors. Speaking to the assembled crowd, PSU President Steve Scott pointed out that the Plaster Center was founded through a partnership of private donors, student fees, support from the county and a $5 million investment from the city of Pittsburg. Speaking on behalf of the city of Pittsburg, commissioner Monica Murnan said the decision to invest in the Plaster Center was unlike any the commission had been asked to consider previously. At the heart of the $13-million, 154,000 square-foot Plaster Center is the Harvey Dean Track, one of just six collegiately owned 300-meter tracks in the U.S., and a 100-yard artificial turf football practice field. "The track is one of the best of its kind in the U.S. and is a significant reason that PSU was chosen to host  the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Division II National Track Championship and the 2017 and 2019 NJCAA National Championships," said Kendall Gammon, director of development for intercollegiate athletics. 
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Beth Bagwell, MPA
International Town-Gown Association 
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