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Student Caucus Addresses the Issue of Student Disturbances on Night Pasture

by Micah Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief

View from Night Pasture, a favorite spot for many students. Photo by Josh Reiss

Student Caucus revisited the issue of students disrupting the families of faculty and staff who live along Night Pasture in the Nov. 27 meeting.

“There have been issues with how we’re using the space and not being respectful community members,” said MaggieMae Farthing, one of the Caucus Co-Conveners.

Paul Perrine moved into a house along Night Pasture last year and has since had several issues with disturbances, especially at night.

“The path goes right next to our house,” Perrine said. “We’ve been woken up several times in the night. Students haven’t always been gracious when I tell them to be quiet, unfortunately.”

Perrine’s young son has been awoken several times during the night as a result of students talking or laughing loudly during the night, on their way to Night Pasture.

“Obviously it’s not intentional, but it has an effect on us and our family,” he said. “And it’s not the smartest place to smoke pot right in front of the Dean of Students’s house.”

Environmental Studies professor Mallory McDuff and Landscaping supervisor Tom La Muraglia are others who have been affected by the heavily used path to Night Pasture, although La Muraglia has had no problems with students walking near his home to get to the pasture.

“We enjoy seeing students there,” he said.

This issue was brought to Caucus several months ago, and since then several things have been put in place, according to Buildings and Grounds Committee chair Deb Anstrom, including signage asking people to be respectful, and official quiet hours on the path. These efforts, however, have not been as effective in preventing students from disrupting the slumbering families of faculty and staff, according to Perrine.

Staff and Faculty residents, members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Student Caucus brainstormed different methods to prevent further disturbances from students. Some of the more popular suggestions were to provide lighting for the path and the signage, redirecting the path so that it is not so close to homes, or lengthening the path and adding a destination further down on the pasture, to bring students further away from the homes.

After further discussion, and after moving through the Buildings and Grounds Committee either one or several of these suggestions will be implemented in the coming months, however, as Eva Westheimer mentioned during Caucus, change and progress will be slow to come.


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