A new ordinance was passed by Huntingdon Borough recently that will allow authorities to cite not only landlords, but also residents and their guests. Under the new law, a disorderly house is characterized as any place of residence where excessive or underage consumption of alcohol is permitted. In addition, any house where excessive noise or boisterous behavior takes place can also be cited. Violation of the ordinance can result in a $300 fine as well as possible costs and imprisonment for up to 90 days. What does this mean for JC students who live off campus? Five upperclassmen give their takes on the new law.
What was your initial reaction to this new law?
Angelica Molinari ’12, Sayville, N.Y.: “I was shocked by this new law and feel like it’s unfair. My roommates and I had a simple cookout the other day in the afternoon with music playing, and we had cops called to our house.”
Why do you think this new law came into effect this year?
Andy Wolfe ’12, Carlisle, Pa.: “Huntingdon residents are getting mad at college neighbors who are loud and disrespectful.”
Do you think the penalty is too harsh, just right, or not harsh enough?
Wolfe also states, “The authorities want to crack down early at the start of the year. Though I understand why they instated the law, the penalties are too harsh.”
Does this law, in your opinion, target college students?
Katie Ferguson ’13, Greensburg, Pa.: “This new ordinance targets college students completely.”
Will this law make you more cautious and careful?
Carianne Turin ’12, Greensburg, Pa.: says that she felt “nervous and worried” when she first heard about the new law and wants to be much more careful from now on.
Are college students who live off-campus generally respectful of local residents?
Holly Brandes ’12, State College, Pa.:“Most college students who live off-campus are generally quiet and respectful of their resident neighbors,”
Angelica Molinari ’12: “Have neighbors talk to the students themselves.”
Carianne Turin ’12: “Lower the fines.”
Katie Ferguson ’12: “Have unruly students talk to the Dean.”
Holly Brandes ’12: “Enough laws are already in place that we don’t need this new law.”
–Jenny Wang ’12, Juniata Online Journalist