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Police Advise Students Of Recent Break-Ins

By Justin Muszynski

The CCSU police have warned students about a series of car break-ins that have occurred in the New Britain and West Hartford area.

As of yet, no break-ins on campus appear to be related to the ones that are happening nearby, according to Sgt. Jerry Erwin of the CCSU police.

“We have been advised by the West Hartford Police and New Britain Police that those two departments have seen an increase in burglaries into motor-vehicles,” said Erwin.

He added that the closest place to CCSU that suffered a break-in was Brittany Farms Health Center, which is only a few miles from CCSU’s campus.

“We’ve stepped up our patrols to be visible in case any of those situations happen here we’ll at least show that we’re present,” Erwin said.

The police sent out a crime alert to all students in the form of an email that notified them of the situation and included some quick tips on how to avoid being a victim of a car burglary. While this notification was not required by the police under The Clery Act, they sent it out as a courtesy to make students aware of their increased risk.

“It’s more of a preventative effort to keep it in peoples’ heads that they need to do basic things like lock their car and avoid leaving things visible that a criminal might want,” said Erwin.

Residents Express Dissatisfaction At Town And Gown Meeting

By Amanda Webster

A packed Bellin A and B Gallery hosted the Town Gown meeting on Monday evening so CCSU representatives could discuss issues regarding student activity with residents in the surrounding CCSU area.

Mayor Timothy O’Brien, President Jack Miller, and Interim Police Chief James Wardwell were just a few of the people present to listen and discuss the issues that face homeowners in the Beldevere neighborhood.

Tensions were high between residents of New Britain as concerns over the social activities of students were brought to the committees attention. Many residents came to complain about student life on weekends and express their frustrations about student drinking during the very early hours of the morning.

Many of the residents had similar stories to share about their experiences about disrespectful students on a weekly basis. Complaints of shouting, loud music, vandalism, and even public urination were thrown at the council in attempts to urge the members to find a solution. One elderly resident was so angry that she said the student body needed to be rid of altogether.

Jenna Casorio, CCSU student and off-campus resident said that she could understand where the other residents were coming from because she has dealt with similar problems.

“I’m not 21, I don’t drink,” said Casorio. “I’ve had my trash cans knocked over by students and I don’t like it either, but it’s those kind of generalizations that say all students are just crazy drunk, druggies, that frustrate students.”

One of the major complaints from New Britain residents was that absentee landlords were to blame for student rowdiness off-campus and that when the landlords are made aware of the disturbances they could “care less” about how their tenets treat the property.

John Zipadelli, a landlord for many off-campus houses around Central said that it was an unfair assumption to say that all landlords were negligent.

“I am at my houses every day checking things out,” said Zipadelli. “The kids that rent are for the most part good kids and if anyone has a complaint I would love to hear from you.”

O’Brien addressed the room and tried to appease the concerns of residents by bringing up the proposed noise ordinance. According to O’Brien the “hot spot” ordinance will hopefully deter students from excessive rowdy behavior and help show that the city is taking the complaints of residents seriously.

“The issue is we’re not trying to generalize all college students here,” said O’Brien. “The students who are in fact being the problem are self-selecting this problem. The city is going to take very strong action to deal with that.”

O’Brien said that the city will enforce the ordinances in place and if property owners cannot get their property under control or they will be fined. Failure to pay the fines could result in foreclosure said O’Brien.

Wardwell explained that the Police Department is taking a more proactive stance this year when dealing with student partying.

“We’re trying to be more visible in the neighborhood,” said Wardwell.

“We’re dead serious about ending this as a problem,” continued O’Brien.

SGA President Eric Bergenn said to the attendees that there are student representatives who want to work with the community to help find a solution to help what is becoming a prevalent problem between Central and the surrounding communities.

At the end of the meeting both sides wanted better communication. Students and city residents said that they would appreciate a way to work together in order to create a more harmonious environment for everyone involved.

 

Activities Noted By Commuter Students

By Jacqueline Stoughton

As students settle into the routines of a new semester, many incoming students are wondering what to do with their spare time in between classes.

In particular to freshman commuters, many students are unsure of what they could do before their next class, rather than just isolating themselves in a corner of the library hidden behind piles of homework.

“Being off campus, I’m kind of disconnected from things that are happening on campus or any other kind of events,” says Jesmarie Disdier, a freshman commuter who also struggles with getting involved on campus. “It’s hard to connect with classmates so soon, unless you’re an outgoing, over zealous person.”

It is said that residential students have it easy when it comes to making friends. They have their roommates and other students living in the same building as them. Most students even have friends going to school with them that they already knew from high school.

“People come to CCSU with people they’re already friends with. It’s hard to break out from that friend group since they’re kind of like a safety net” Disdier said.

Although putting oneself out there proves to be difficult for most in a new setting, many freshman commuters have found clubs to participate in, making the process of easing into college life easier. Disdier said that she got involved with multiple clubs on campus, including a sorority, student government, and the marketing and business club, a club that is relatable to her major. She said she’s also exploring the idea of joining other clubs such as Ultimate Frisbee.

Not all commuters are having this struggle. Jeremy Millan, also a freshman commuter, describes his transition as a commuter as being a very smooth and easy transition.

“We just go up to a group of people and talk, ask questions and opinion,” says Millan, who has found the process of putting yourself out there in order to meet new people has been quite an easy task for him. “Don’t be afraid. There’s nothing to be afraid of. People are afraid of being judged or something, but we’re all doing the same thing so just don’t be afraid.”

Students See Policy As Too Extreme

By Alyssa Pattison

The proposed ordinance made by Mayor Timothy O’Brien has caused some concern among CCSU students that live off-campus and have others looking for different solutions to resolve the matter.

Residents of New Britain’s Belvedere neighborhood spoke up last week against rowdy off-campus behavior which led to a proposed ordinance. If adopted the ordinance will allow police to fine property owners and students each time police respond to a nuisance complaint.

“I feel like for college students at this age, they need an outlet. To party is a way to let it out,” said Kaili Shi, a graduate student at CCSU living in the Belvedere neighborhood. “I would enjoy a quiet study or sleeping environment.”

“College students want to party and hang out at their house. We don’t have a lot of money to begin with,” said Joshua Kelly, a student at CCSU renting on Francis Street. Kelly also said that he has noticed increasing police activity off-campus.

“I think students are still going to do it. It’s not going to stop anything, it’s just going to hurt our financial situations even more,” continued Kelly. “I think warnings would be better.

NIck Alaimo, SGA treasurer and an off-campus resident, said that as students, it is encouraged to respect our community.

“I’m not saying we can’t. It has to be a give and take,” Alaimo said. “Compared to other schools, I think we are a lot more calm.”

When considering the future of off-campus social life with the new ordinance, Alaimo said he wasn’t worried about it.

“It might effectively lower the amount of noise in that neighborhood, which they’re concerned about, but I don’t think it’s an appropriate way to fix the blight issue,” said SGA President Eric Bergenn. “It is also going to negatively impact student life on the weekends here, which is something that administration and student organizations have dedicated this year to working on. Perhaps raising awareness would be a better step.”

“The college isn’t going away or get smaller, so we’re just going to need to find ways to work with the two groups together in the same community,” said Bergenn. “There is a positive effect we can have.”

Sgt. Jerry Erwin of the CCSU Police Department said that New Britain is the primary responder and it’s their jurisdiction. He also said if they are in need assistance they will call CCSU PD and they will respond.

“Hopefully people will understand enough is enough, you have to respect the people in the neighborhoods and the community here at Central and realize that you can be sanctioned for your off-campus behavior by the university,” Erwin said.

Senate Hears Sherwood’s Input On O’Brien’s Policy

By: Joe Suszczynski

At the Student Government Association meeting, Phil Sherwood, New Britain Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, spoke to the Senate in regards to Mayor O’Brien’s ordinace.

According to the New Britain Herald, O’Brien will be taking the anti-blight ordinance seriously. The ordinance was adopted earlier this year and placed a $250 fine against the property owners if they violate the ordinance. The New Britain Herald stated that if the new ordinance proposal is voted into effect each time the police visit the property owners will be fined $600.

Sherwood spoke about the current problems some neighborhoods were facing.

“When it’s two in the morning and there’s beer bottles being tossed or there’s a few dozen students outside of your house and you’re sleeping with your window open, that’s an issue,” said Sherwood. “The line is crossed when there’s excessive noise and over the top underage drinking.”

Sherwood then took questions from the Senate. Senator Monique Narcisse asked if there was another solution, suggesting a community service.

“The mayor is open to ideas. Anything that gives the student body increased ownership over the quality of life in the neighborhood, probably a good thing,” Sherwood said.

Senator Bobby Berriault asked Sherwood where students can find information if the new ordinance is passed. Linda Tordenti said that it would be posted to Pipeline.

Later in the meeting,  Senator Simms Sonet motioned to allocate $3,920 to RECentral for 800 shirts towards the participants in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.

“This Healthy Lifestyle Challenge is something that is going really benefit students right now,” said Sonet. “The shirts are very important to the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge because they help to advertise and act as a reward and not just a giveaway. This challenge is an event that could really be extremely huge on this campus.”

Sonet also said that if the motion passes, twenty to twenty-five shirts are to be handed out each week.

Treasurer Nick Alaimo spoke against the motion. Although he said he liked the idea of the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge he told the Senate to prepare for the consequences. According to Alaimo, the senate has never approved allocating money to clubs for t-shirts, and usually stands against it. He said that if they approved this motion, then other clubs will ask for the same items.

Senator Kory Mills moved to amend the motion by striking some of the wording. Mills motioned to take the words “to RECentral” out so it would read solely would read,  the “Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.” The amendment was passed.

Senator Ryan Baldassario spoke against the motion.

“The merits of supporting this program are not in question. The reward of the Healthy Life Style Challenge is getting a healthy lifestyle. That is what the purpose of this is. T shirts alone are not motivating factors,” said Baldassario. “You would not give out 25 medals to the top 25 people in a race. We could support this program in other ways. This could be one facet of it.”

The motion ended up failing with a vote of nine yes vote to fourteen no votes with one abstention.

Sonet was later reached for comment.

“I am a little upset that it didn’t pass, but the points presented against were good points. They’re not just out of the blue random comments. They’re not stupid, they are well thought out,” said Sonet.