Want Peace & Quiet? Don’t Move to a College Town

Whether you see it in the movies, hear it from your peers or participate in it yourself, it is a generally understood fact that college students like to party. Some adopt the habit during their first Halloween away from home and hold tightly onto it well into their twenties, while others pick it up only between midterm exams. Either way, it happens; it’s been happening and it probably will continue to happen, as long as there are weekend evenings and boring classes and closet doors that prop sideways into perfectly proportioned beer pong tables.

So why were a few neighboring families of Northwestern University so shocked to discover students who “parked themselves on a neighbor’s parkway for a little love fest” or are “hollering about “Bl** J*bs”? Sure, this behavior isn’t acceptable in a world where mothers and fathers and their eight year-old daughters are riding their bicycles to church services on Saturday evenings. But when you’re living in the midst of a university, it should be almost be expected that this will happen.

There is a reason why the surrounding areas of universities are called “college towns”, because the towns cater to the needs of the college kids, almost as if it were an extension of the university itself. Twenty-four hour coffee shops, fast food restaurants open late, local bars with affordable cover charges, and hundreds of apartments and houses that collect the overflow of students who move off-campus. When a college student is away from home, tight on rent and possibly without a car for the year, there is only a limited amount of places one can live. So sorry family who moved down the street from the stadium. You’re probably going to hear a little noise on the weekends.

Yet I’m sure there are countless communities sprouting into socially acceptable suburbs, each lined with white picket fences perfect for protecting the precious youth from these disrespectful drinkers. Hint: they aren’t located in the college towns surrounding universities, especially ones that have been charging tuition to students since 1851.

To the respectful residents of current college towns, the students don’t mean any harm. You must remember what college was like: the high stress, the low budget, the stiff competition and the hard substances. Now, multiply that memory by ten, and you have the modern mindset of today’s college students, and post-grads as well. After all, that’s the comparison that our parents have told us all about.

P.S. The stated fact that “the issues of NOISE, TRASH, and CONDUCT” are noted as the university’s greatest challenges should shine a light on how lucky Northwestern is.

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