Community searches for solution to college parties near UB South

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Neighbors are searching for solutions near the UB South campus, as parties spike at the beginning of the semester. Buffalo police arrested 20 students over the weekend for underage drinking.

“One of these houses could collapse one of these days, they put so many kids in there,” said Carmen Menza, Buffalo Police E-District Chief. “If it were a fire, a total tragedy.”

The University Heights Collaborative is now working with police and UB officials to come up with a plan to quiet the neighborhood.

“I have never seen it this bad,’ said Pam Landel, who lives on Montrose Ave. “We’re not against student rentals. What we’re against is out of hand behavior and damage to property and quality of life issues.”

Landel presented a long list of possible solutions at a University Heights Collaborative meeting Tuesday night.

“Number nine, have students clean the neighborhood the next day even if they didn’t participate,” said Landel. “If it’s their house, they’re responsible.”

She also suggested University Police ride the UB busses shuttling students to the neighborhood and search the students’ backpacks for liquids before they get off.

E-District Chief Menza said they have a designated detail patrolling on foot, on bikes and using marked and unmarked cruisers.

“We’re trying to be respectful,” said Menza. “They don’t like that they’re being put into jail, that their parties are being broken up but think about the disrespect that’s being put into this community when there’s a barrage of college students coming down. It’s almost insurmountable for us to deal with.”

Students told News 4 they don’t think that’s the best approach.

“The solution isn’t to cut off everything and arrest people because a lot of these students have a future and have a very good GPA,” said Thomas Wu, a college junior.

Wu suggests UB created a place on campus for students to socialize and thinks Greek life should be relocated from the neighborhood.

Neighbors told News 4 they’re open to suggestions.

“It’s not us against them, we’re in this together,” said Landel.

 

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