The International Town & Gown Association™ Newsletter
March 7, 2019
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The 2019 Data Digest Survey: Important Deadline Update
Thanks to the many of you who have already completed the 2019 ITGA Data Digest survey. We are extending the deadline until March 15 to allow extra time if you have not had the opportunity to take it. Your participation is encouraged and appreciated. The outcome of this work will advance knowledge in the field of town-gown relations and provide insight for engagement between municipalities and institutions of higher education. As a way of thanking you for completing the survey, you can enter to win a free conference registration. Survey results will be shared in aggregate form at the 2019 ITGA City & University Relations Conference in May. To take the survey, please click here.
City of London Talks with YouTube About FOCO
To stop dangerous and illegal activities during Western's "fake homecoming," City of London staff are speaking with YouTube about the dangers of posting videos of students climbing and jumping off roofs. This activity is commonly known as "brewfing," where students climb onto roofs and use it as a social space, explained Orest Katolyk, London's head of bylaw enforcement. Katolyk has been in contact with YouTube about posting these types of videos, and he explained how performing dangerous stunts at unsanctioned street parties has resulted in serious injuries. Katolyk explained that the issue of unsanctioned street parties is multi-faceted. The Gazette
Campus Living: ISU, Private Landlords to Meet Amid Talk of New Housing Project
Illinois State University President Larry Dietz plans to meet this week with major student apartment owners and managers to discuss the school's plans for a possible "sophomore village" that could increase the number of university-controlled beds by up to 1,200. The village is among recommendations in a student housing master plan developed for ISU by consultants Washington, D.C.-based Brailsford & Dunlavey. Owners and managers of off-campus student housing have expressed concerns over the impact such a development could have on them. Of 20,000 students enrolled in ISU, about 6,000 live in university-owned facilities. Pantagraph
How Michael Crow Took ASU From a Party School to the Nation's Most Innovative' University
If you live in Arizona, you've probably heard of Michael Crow, ASU's president since 2002. But if you don't know the man, you've for sure heard of ASU, now the largest public university in the country. In the Before-Crow era, ASU was derided as the party school, the safety school you applied to in case you couldn't get in somewhere better. ASU students still party. But the school's identity and, to some degree, the public perception of it, have changed dramatically since Crow arrived. He is the architect of the changes that have won ASU the top spot in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the most innovative universities in the past four years. AZCentral
The New 'In Loco Parentis'
Today the desire to be more involved in the lives of their students is most visible perhaps in colleges' relationship with their fraternities and sororities. In the past, when a disaster struck, colleges had a predictable response: Kick the offender, usually a fraternity, off campus. The reaction had a dual purpose: punishing bad behavior by students while keeping the institution at a safe remove if something went wrong again. Now when a student is injured or dies because of alcohol or hazing, colleges are exercising greater oversight of Greek life. Pennsylvania State University is the most vivid example. The university instituted sweeping oversight of the Greek system, aimed at cracking down on hazing, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, and other problematic behavior. The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Last Call for Cornell-Ithaca Conference
Cornell University's annual regional "drive-in" conference is Tuesday, March 26, 9:00am-2:00pm in downtown Ithaca, NY. This year's theme is transportation, and will touch on everything from West Virginia University's personal rapid transit system to lime bikes and scooters. (ITGA Board member and Athens Ohio Mayor Steve Patterson will present on the "good, bad, and ugly" regarding scooters.) Attendees will also hear about May's ITGA conference hosted by State College & Pennsylvania State University. There is no charge for the regional conference. If you're interested, contact Penny Givin by Friday, March 15.
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