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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.

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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