The Carroll News sits down with University Heights resident Susan Kane

December 6th, 2012

The CN: How long have you lived here in UH? 

Susan Kane: 25 years.

CN: Did you happen to read any of the comments on your article? 

Kane: There were a lot of students that responded, and unfortunately in my initial letter to the Sun Press, I was about 800 words over.  So I had to take a lot out.  I was in no way bashing the entire student body at John Carroll. I know there are a lot of very nice kids that go there. They do do a lot of nice things which I did have in the initial letter. I’m very supportive. I like kids.  I have a couple of my own, but they need to behave.

CN: In the future, would you like to work with John Carroll to promote respectfulness in the neighborhoods?

Kane: Yes. Either that, or I even suggested to [Chief Hammett] to have them take another route back to campus, even walk up Warrensville, because most of Warrensville is JCU rental properties anyway. Take another route. But they can’t forbid these kids, I mean they have a right to be on the street. I don’t call the police all the time. I want to just be peaceful. I just want to live here. Plus, whosever house it is, whosever name is on the lease is getting a ticket. So that’s all important things that these kids should know if they choose to go off campus to party or they live off campus, that they’re going to get in trouble.

CN: Do you ever think it would escalate to a point where you would consider moving?

Kane: Yes. There are two people I know right now whose houses are for sale because of it. John Carroll has to realize too that this is more of an upper-middle class neighborhood where it is very attractive, when they come and look at it with their parents like, “My child is going to be in a pretty nice area,” and they have to be careful about what is happening because if the families especially around the perimeter of campus start thinking twice about it this is going to turn into a ragged college town. You know, and John Carroll won’t look so pretty anymore.

CN: Is it a general consensus, as far as people in your neighborhood, that it has been an ongoing problem with students?

Kane: There’s a lot of people here that have a lot of ties to John Carroll, so it’s a very delicate situation for them. They don’t like it, but they’re not going to do anything about it. And John Carroll, over the years, hasn’t been very forthcoming with the residents. We’ve tried. We’ve had meetings. They turn into yelling matches. They don’t want to tell us what they want to do with our neighborhood.

CN: So do you like being in University Heights?

Kane: Yeah, I do, but this is just really wearing on us. You know it is just year after year and I noticed, I don’t know if John Carroll has lowered their requirements for getting into the college or not, but they are more destructive too now, the kids. What used to be just noisy, now you know they break branches off of the trees, they move the “For Sale” signs, they pull all of the political signs out, pull the flowers out, there is ketchup and mustard all over our driveway. It is different now.

CN: So if you had one message to give to the student body of John Carroll, what would that be?

Kane: Um, I don’t want it to be so nasty and calling the police and yelling from the front porch. I just want them to be considerate, that’s all. We understand that you are in college, but, if you want to live in our community, you have to be a good citizen, and you have to blend into the community and just be considerate of your neighbor. Try to be a good neighbor, and I think that [you] would get it back in turn.

Editor’s Note: Due to questions about clarity and a discrepancy between accounts, The Carroll News has removed a question and answer from the story. The answer in question related to the relationship between John Carroll University and the City of University Heights. University Heights police Chief Steven Hammett told The Carroll News on Friday, after the interview printed, that his department works well with both Campus Safety Services and University administration. The Carroll News will run a clarification in the first issue we print when we return from Christmas Break, on Thursday, Jan. 24.