Marcy-Holmes association to hire student liaison

The position would pay $15 per hour for 10 hours per week of work.

With spring weather approaching campus, loud, late-night parties might increase, causing neighbor annoyance and police intervention.

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association is hiring a student liaison to help curb student noise and excessive parties in Marcy-Holmes.

“The student liaison or I are not trying to stop partying. We’re just trying to help students think about the impact they have on those around them,” said Kendre Turonie, coordinator for students and community relations at the University.

The University created Turonie’s staff position to improve relations between students and neighborhood associations.

According to the association’s Web site, the liaison will obtain lists of houses cited for party violations from police.

Elissa Cortell, neighborhood revitalization program coordinator for the association, said the liaison would not respond to single incidents but instead repeat offenders.

“It’s been an ongoing issue of some houses in the neighborhood throwing parties,” she said.

Some of the problems have included public drunkenness, public urination and public sex, Cortell said.

The student liaison will approach a problem house in a nonconfrontational manner, explain the consequences of tenants’ actions and try to acquaint students with their neighbors, Cortell said.

“It sounds like a good idea,” Tom Zearley, Minnesota Student Association president-elect said. “A lot of people don’t realize how much trouble you get into having parties.”

Zearley currently serves as the chairman of MSA’s facilities and housing committee.

More than three or four official noise violations per year could lead to a revocation of a landlord’s license and tenant eviction, said Nicole Nelson, crime prevention specialist for the Minneapolis Police Department.

The liaison will also organize social events and submit two guest columns per year to The Minnesota Daily, according to the association’s Web site.

Senior Abby Gingrich said she thinks the liaison position is a waste of money because it will not change where students choose to party.

“Underage students don’t have a place to go to party and have fun,” Gingrich, a child psychology student, said. “Students will look for house parties.”

Cortell has worked to create a list of alternatives to late-night parties for the liaison.

The liaison can suggest acceptable alternative activities such as movies, churches, volunteering or book groups, according to the association’s Web site.

“It’s good to have alternatives out there,” sophomore Kristen Jackson said. “But, after police take care of (the party), it should be left at that.”

The association wants to fill the position in time for summer. The pay is $15 per hour for 10 hours per week.