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ISSUE 118 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 10/22/2004

Noises pollute: Loudness can cause annoyance

By Jean Mullins
News Editor

Friday, October 22, 2004

Living in residence halls teaches students about patience, tolerance and sharing. But all of those skills go out the window when noise levels make studying or sleeping impossible.

Noise pollution on campus can include stereos, loud singing, vehicles and gas-powered scooters.

"Some people just like the attention," Fred Behr, Director of Public Safety, said. "Sometimes the manner in which they drive [their cars] makes them loud."

Often students take it upon themselves to talk to their neighbors or fellow students to stop the noise. Residence Life staff is also trained to take care of noise situations.

According to Pamela McDowell, Director of Residence Life, the primary way Residence Life staff deals with noise violators by reminding them of courtesy hours, which are ineffect 24 hours a day. This means that while reasonable noise is permitted throughout the day, it must not disturb other residents. "Your life is not supposed to affect those around you," McDowell said.

If offenders continue to disturb other residents, the Residence Life staff will put them on a noise contract when staff go to the perpetrator's room and talk to him or her about appropriate noise levels. If that person becomes a repeat offender, staff will confiscate his or her stereo and put it in storage for up to a week.

McDowell also pointed out that after a night out in loud bar or house party, students often are not able to bring their voices down, especially when alcohol is involved. Noise violations are committed most often on campus and frequently bring attention to other violations, such as alcohol possession.

If there is a loud group or outdoor concert, then it is Public Safetys responsibility to deal with noise violators.

It seems every student has had at least a few encounters with noise polluters.

Chloe Cotherman 07 said, "Loud obnoxious engines that pollute the environment annoy me more than someones rattling bass speakers playing bad music."

John Forsythe 07 points out that many students can be inconsiderate.

"I think that too many people think of it as a matter of rights as opposed to respect," Forsythe said. "Every so often considering others isnt a bad idea."

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