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Citizen Kane

December 6th, 2012

On Nov. 18, University Heights resident Susan Kane wrote a letter to the Sun News expressing disappointment and displeasure about the behavior of John Carroll University students walking the city streets at night on the weekends.

The views expressed in this letter call out students and the University for disrespecting the residents of University Heights, giving insight into the reasons why the relationship between JCU and the City in which it resides has frequently been on the rocks.

The letter describes Kane’s nightly observations on the weekends for over a decade, where students have been loud, negligent and shown complete disregard for the residents’ right to nighttime peace in their homes. Student have shown disrespect to the point of urinating on lawns.

Residents of University Heights must realize that the city was built around the University. Due to this fact, inevitably, there will be student foot traffic at all hours of the day and night. With this comes the risk of some noise. A past issue between the City and the University dealt with the stadium lights and the times they were allowed to be on at night. Issues like these come with the nature of a university. If residents have qualms with such things, they need to reconsider their choice to live here.

University Heights is a college town, but this does not excuse the disruptive actions of students. Everyone has the right to roam the streets as they please, but such great indiscretions as the ones students have been accused of are not excusable.

Students of JCU must realize their actions reflect on the entire student body, good or bad. John Carroll participates in a lot of community service and charitable work which is quite admirable. Yet, if the impression given to those in closest proximity to  JCU, our neighbors, is so disrespectful and negative, the good deeds of others are overshadowed in the eyes of citizens of University Heights, by the acts of delinquency. This only worsens the relationship between the City and the University.  Can students blame the City for viewing us negatively if students urinate on their lawns?

To improve this relationship, students must be considerate of the houses and the people in them which they pass to and from wherever their destination may be on a given night. Extreme noise and desecration of the lawns of the city is unacceptable. UH residents must also understand the unavoidable conditions of a university town. Young adults are going to be around and they are going to converse. Just as students must respect our neighbors, residents must understand that college students are allowed to be out at night, and minor breaks in the silence of late night hours comes with the territory.