Homeowners Brace for Homecoming Activities
Remnants of one homecoming party on College Avenue in 2013. (City-Times photo)
by Maureen Pogorzelski, Old Main Neighborhood Association
It’s Back to School time!! In most neighborhoods this conjures up images of children dressed in new clothes, carrying backpacks of pristine school supplies while waiting on the corner for the school bus to arrive. There usually will be a mom that sheds a tear as her little one goes off to school for the first time.
It is a little different in the Old Main Neighborhood Association (OMNA) neighborhood. We picture pick-up trucks and trailers lining our streets while harried parents move their college student into rental housing. We see a lot of furniture that, if it survives, will one day be referred to as “retro.” We also see students that are very excited about living off campus seeing it as a chance to be on their own. There usually will be a mom that sheds a tear when it is time to leave.
Once the trucks and U-Hauls are gone the parties begin. Out come the beer pong tables, the red cups that are sold to hold the beer the students “aren’t” selling. (Nod, nod, wink, wink.) Students that still live in the dorms cruise the neighborhood in large groups looking for parties and they find them. Voices rise to be heard over each other and the music gets turned up to be heard over the voices. Sometimes the alcohol infused behavior gets out of hand and violence is involved. Neighbors- homeowners- call the police. The new school year gets started on a sour note in a campus neighborhood.
OMNA would like to change this scenario. As a neighborhood association it strives to help all who live within the OMNA boundaries to live together peacefully. Membership in OMNA is not restricted to homeowners. Students are welcome and encouraged to join. The idea is to work together for the good of the neighborhood.
One way to help us all to achieve that goal is to act “neighborly”. The definition of neighborly is; kind, friendly, or sociable, as befits a neighbor. Here are some examples that can be used each year:
- Each of us, at a minimum, should introduce ourselves to our new neighbors.
- Exchange phone numbers so if an issue arises the first call won’t be to the police.
- Realize that students aren’t “bad” and homeowners aren’t “out to get you”.
- Take responsibility for your own actions.
- Take a cue from the Boy Scout Law and be Helpful, Courteous, Friendly and Kind – everyday.
OMNA wishes that we all have an enjoyable, neighborly experience this school year.