Partying Properly

Aug 172005
Authors: Chris Kampfe


For more information about partying safely contact Melissa Emerson at 491-6707.

Parties at CSU can get out of control from time to time, and there's a track record to show it. This year Fort Collins Police and residents are hoping students' festivities are held responsibly.

"Start early, if they don't know the people, find out who they are, you always have the right to ask people to leave," said CSUPD Sgt. Reed Beery. "I understand that can be kind of confrontational, but they need to (evaluate) how much control do they want to have?"

Nearly a year ago, two riots broke out near campus leaving thousand of dollars worth of damage and creating a clear rift between CSU students and Fort Collins community members. Mending that sore can start with very simple steps.

"Talk to their neighbors and let them know the perimeters of their party," Beery said. "Don't tell them your having 50 people over if you're having 500."

Nic Redavid , director of marketing for Associated Students of CSU and junior liberal arts major, echoes these thoughts toward responsible partying.

ASCSU highly encourages students to be responsible in whatever activities they may take part in, Redavid said.

Redavid also said students should remember that their actions in the city are not only reflective of themselves but are representative of CSU in its entirety.

Melissa Emerson is the assistant director for the Community Liaison Program, which is designed to facilitate relations between students and city residents.

Part of this program is to educate students on how to party responsibly in their neighborhoods.

"There is a big push, especially this weekend," Emerson said. "I think we're hitting 500 houses to hand out flyers on city ordinances."

The community program also has created Party Packs, providing information and material for students who want to ensure their parties stay reasonable. The packs provide a variety of materials, including over-21 wristbands and water.

"What's also interesting is that they provide a test kit for Rohypnol," Emerson said.

Rohypnol is the proper name given to the date rape drug also known as "roofies."

Some students believe that a police presence is somewhat of an inciting factor in riots, but Beery believes otherwise.

"The reason eight officers show up is because it's a big party. We're not going to be throwing tear gas just because we showed up," Beery said. "(People) have plenty of warning to leave. And leave means leave, not just standing there watching."

Some neighborhoods close to campus are annually identified by police as hotspots for potential riots. While some housing complexes hire off-duty officers to patrol the residences, a police presence is not available for most areas until a problem arises.

"We don't have the manpower nor does the city to just set up officers," Beery said.

Cooperating with police is also likely to save a homeowner throwing a party from potential damage and ticketing.

"If we have to look for the owners, that creates an issue of who's in control," Beery said. "Because of laws in Fort Collins, the people that reside at that address will be considered responsible."

Contrary to myths on campus, calling the police on your own party does not offer immunity, Beery said.

"No, because immunity says it is an absolute, but it is taken into consideration," Beery said. "To me, that shows there is some responsibility going on there."

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