Parties are nothing new to the college life, and rowdy parties are nothing new to Eugene. After all, the infamous movie “Animal House” was filmed here nere where the University of Oregon resides. While it is a college town, Eugene has also become a home for many families. In the last few years, the mixture of young students, along with families and children, has sparked a brewing tension and discussion about student’s responsibility when having parties.
This controversy ignited a new law known as the Social Host Ordinance. It caused uproar in the city, as many college students and residents of Eugene debated what was considered fair. However, in the South University Neighborhood of Eugene, the new Social Host Ordinance, put in place on March 2, has created a change of pace in regards to the party scene, with residents noticing fewer parties in the community
Long-time South University resident Mary Globis has witnessed a change in her community with the new law put in place.
”The police are really on it,” said Globis. “If there is one noise complaint or if there are open beverages, if you call them, they’re are on it.”
Globis said frequently on the street next to her home, students often threw parties. Loud music and drumming would wake Globis’ husband Gary. Gary Globis would tell the students that they had work in the morning or little children and to please keep it down. However, with the new ordinance, the Globis family found that warnings were suddenly not necessary because the number of parties they see or hear has also lessened.
But, Globis said her concern for partying in the community goes beyond just the disruptiveness and excessive noise.
“For me personally, I am not as concerned about the parting,” said Globis. “When we were in college we were not drinking and passing out. It seems like some kids are getting out of college and alcoholism is an issue.”
But what about the other side? The students’ opposition against to the ordinance continues because they believe it is unjust. UO student, Lamar Wise has gone as far as petitioning the Social Host Ordinance.
Meanwhile, the police first pushed the ordinance with the first strike of the Social Hoist Ordinance occurring recently. The Eugene police busting up a party in the West University neighborhood, which lead to seven arrests and multiple fines, the word in the community of South University Neighborhood is that the parties have been lower key.
“We never have a party before telling our neighbors about it,” said UO student Sophia June. “It’s important to us that there is a mutual understanding, so no one feels disrespected.”
There is still tension between the community and students about the rules and regulations of the Social Host Ordinance. With the ASUO elections last week, it was a hot topic mentioned by both parties. Both student political parties brought up points about petitioning the ordinance.
“I think it’s hard because Eugene is trying to find a balance between being a college town and a place for families,” said June.
Although it is undoubtedly controversial, the community of South University is seeing the positive effects of the new law in place.
“I know young people, like my daughter, think that it is a civil rights issue,” said Globis. “But, I tried to explain to her that people can’t be kept up at night because of college kids partying.”