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Top Cops Vow Attention to Students' Boozy Behavior

The police chiefs of Radnor and Lower Merion addressed frustrated residents at a civic association meeting Monday.

Alcohol-fueled public disturbances involving Villanova University students have accompanied the beginning of the fall semester in Radnor and Lower Merion neighborhoods, Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath told the Bryn Mawr Civic Association Monday night.

McGrath and Radnor Chief Bill Colarulo addressed dozens of residents, several of whom expressed their concern that officers spend too little time in the neighborhoods around Bryn Mawr's bars on weekend nights. The chiefs sought to dispel that concern.

Colarulo said Villanova has been a good partner to law enforcement, too, but it could be quicker to suspend and expel students who get in legal trouble.

"The university's doing its best to work with us. We just have to hope they do more," Colarulo said.

In addition to stepping up patrols, officers sometimes meet with bar owners, McGrath said: "They want to be good neighbors. They don't want that kind of nonsense either."

Lower Merion Commissioner Scott Zelov said township officials have pushed for the university to send a shuttle to the bar area on weekend nights, but talks are ongoing.

Do you think police are responding too little or too much to student behavior near Bryn Mawr bars? Tell us in the comments.

Sharpie September 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The police are doing a good job. Society and universities are failing students, though, by not providing fun things to do on weekends besides drinking.
Xpect Moor September 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM
As a member of 'society' I don't think we're failing the students; they know what they're doing.
Mildred Roberts September 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
No wonder students don't accept responsibility for their actions. With all due respect, they're 'enabled' by attitudes like Sharpie's.
Sharpie September 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Other nations don't drink to the same extent as American students. Wonder what they do instead? Maybe American adults should find out w all due respect.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out September 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
@Sharpie...Please explain how Society & Universities are failing students, be specific. As far as I can tell, today's student has far more "fun" things to do on weekends than we did way back when I went to school. Not sure if you've lived overseas.....I have....and have seen throw-up drunk students in every major city that I lived in....London, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Madrid and Frankfurt. Maybe they were American students, but I doubt it.
Sharpie September 20, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Young adults do not create their world; they're too young to create a world yet. All they are doing is reacting to the world that is presented to them. If all we offer is drinking, movies and tv and video games and shows that are violent and/or depressing (and many, many are that are marketed for young people), and not a lot else, then it shouldn't be a mystery why they drink. College campuses could offer alternatives to drinking on weekend evenings that are open to the public also, interesting performing arts events (even their own students performing), non-depressing movies, all kinds of fun contests and challenges both physical and mental, night drumming under the stars, bring back dance halls - they were great fun, towns could have walkable, pedestrian-friendly squares, street performers, strolling performers, temporary outdoor visual art events into the evening, gelato shops, chocolate bars, night bakeries, craft and antique shows, bars could offer fabulous and delicious non-alchohol drinks in beautiful glasses, poetry coffee and teahouses, chai houses, public outdoor games (chess, checkers, bocce ball, badminton), churches in towns could hold concerts on weekend nights - not fancy, simple (like opera students, nothing like young people singing their hearts out) w a cookie social afterwards etc. something just fun to do w/o alcohol. Some students will still chose to drink, but a lot less will if there is something more fun to do.
Mildred Roberts September 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Gosh, Sharpie, I can hear the conductor on the Paoli Local calling out... "Next stop..Willoughby! Willoughby! The next stop is...Willoughby!"
Sharpie September 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Yes, Mildred, but I'm not dreaming. We create the world we live in. Why not create one worth living?
Mildred Roberts September 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I applaud your idealism. However, it's 2012, not 1812...or even 1912. The world you painted in your post is a dream.
Sharpie September 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Only if we choose. "Just what you want to be, you will be in the end".
hey becca September 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I'm turning 40 this year and I remember my college years at Pitt being filled with fun, non alcoholic things to do. However, my friends and I chose to spend most of our weekends drinking alcohol. I'm sure it's the same for this generation and they have more options that we did. People choose their fate, it isn't chosen or made for them.
Sharpie September 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
We play a part in all lives. We are ONE, not separate. Until we realize that - we will be lost. Coming home is recognizing that WE are ONE.
The Swell Guy September 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Frankly MIldred, I would MUCH prefer to live in the world which SHARPIE describes than a sad and unhealthy fait accompli reality of noise, crime, and selfishness. Every person must chose to accept the good, by flatly rejecting the unhealthy, and only then can the individuals of a society create for themselves a new dawn for the whole.
Sharpie September 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thank you Swell Guy. Why are we choosing to live such wretched lives when we could chose differently? It's a mystery alright. Let's get started on rejecting the unhealthy and lousy, and move on to something better. We create reality by our choices. Let's pick lives worth living.
Life s Good November 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I want some of what Sharpie and Swell Guy are smoking!

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