Volume 94, Issue 37

Friday, November 3, 2000


Schools scrutinize codes of conduct

Unruly student houses raise a stink

Ombuds office gives annual report card

Case closes on elections skirmish

Parliament Hill turns into Beverly Hills 90210

Memoial University still a ghost town

Unruly student houses raise a stink

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Vomit, garbage, parking and vandalism.

All are concerns for London residents living near the university and the politician who wants their vote in Nov. 13's city council election better address them effectively, local homeowners said.

"[Students] get drunk downtown and then they vomit all the way home down St. George Street," said Jackie Farquhar, an executive member of the St. George-Grosvenor Community Association, who added she will look closely at how candidates for Ward 2 councillor plan to deal with relations between students and homeowners.

"The biggest issue for the neighbourhood is the unkempt nature of the houses," Farquhar said, explaining she sometimes sees student properties poorly maintained and littered with garbage.

Aside from garbage and ongoing noise problems, students parking their cars on front lawns is also a concern, said Susan Bentley, past president and current member of the Broughdale Community Association.

"When you have four, five or six cars parking on a driveway, some end up on the lawn," she said.

Bentley said vandalism is also an issue and cited planters getting smashed and lawn furniture getting stolen as two specific problems.

Farquhar also said vandalism was upsetting. "The worst one was a little sapling being pulled out of the ground and hurled through an upstairs window," she said. That incident happened early one morning on St. George St. last spring, she said and caused a window pane to shatter in a room where a young child sometimes slept, but was not sleeping that night.

The University Students' Council has a program in place to help harmonize the student and London communities, said Brad Nicpon, USC municipal affairs commissioner.

"The main thing we do to keep up relations between London residents and off-campus students is the Street Captains program," Nicpon said, adding the program distributes garbage collection schedules. He explained street captains are volunteers who act as intermediaries between regular residents and off-campus students. Nicpon said there are 15 to 20 street captains this year.

Orlando Zamprogna, who sits on London's Board of Control, said he thinks student-homeowner relations have improved. "It was a very hot and difficult issue when I first entered politics in the 1970's," he said, but added the creation of more residences and housing mediation services have helped reduce conflicts.

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