Neighborhood Story Final

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.”

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5 Responses to Neighborhood Story Final

  1. nfn says:

    The story was engaging. It shows who is pro and who is con for the Social Host Ordinance as well as why the issue is controversial. Removing the section which starts “Eugene has also become a home for many families…” would bring the Social Host Ordinance closer to the “Animal House” reference. Also, the writer implies that Eugene is a home for many families because the writer already puts a lot of great perspectives.from different people. The quote in the end reminds reader how grave the issue really is.

  2. abailey3 says:

    Your topic is very relevant and I like that you include both sides of the current hot topic in Eugene. I would go back through and check for grammar and spelling mistakes, especially in a couple of the quotes that you have. Overall, kept my interest and had a good structure to the story.

  3. vantulde says:

    I found your story quite interesting. It seems like a reaction piece of the Social Host Ordiance; however, much of it’s told from the perspective of students at the University of Oregon. It gives the story a new angle that doesn’t simply repeat what others have wrote.

    I thought it was a very artistic choice to end your story with a quotation. Looking back at it, I wish I made the same choice with my story.

    I would have put more effort into the conclusion before that, however. You only have a single sentence summing up the key points of your story. In addition, I would have chosen an attribution from a student themselves for your final quote, rather than one from a resident in Eugene.

    – Steven Vantulden

  4. cliftonrose says:

    Your lead is long and says little. There’s a lot of repetition and a severe lack of relevant information. Here is a list of questions I had about your story:

    -When they say less parties, how many is “less”? How many were going on prior?
    -What does the ordinance DO precisely?
    -Both parties? Which parties? Are there really only two political parties in the ASUO? What are they called? What are their stances on the issue? Does the ASUO even have the authority to weigh in on a city ordinance?
    -Why was the ordinance even introduced?
    -Who supported the ordinance and why?
    -Is is really the community at large or a small but loud part of the populace with nothing better to do?
    -Were college parties even an issue before the ordinance was put in place?
    -What is different now that the ordinance is in place?
    -Why should I care about what ANY of these people have to say?

    Also, at the end you say “the community of South University is seeing the positive effects of the new law in place”, but that doesn’t make sense given the information above it. The whole article is about it being controversial and has led to the arrest of SEVEN students for, as far as I can tell, something everyone in this class has done before. What were they charged with? Were they even charged? How will that affect their academic career?

    My suggestion would be to cut out a lot of the redundant info, take out most (if not all,) of the quotes and devote some space to the ordinance itself.

  5. jhaworth19 says:

    First I’d say check little grammar issues. 2nd sentence has too many words you can get rid of at least 3 words. The first paragraph is a little clunky with words. I think you could explain the situation a little further. A lot of your sentences can be shorter and punchier, which would make the reading easier and pace flow. Paragraph five: It sounds like she says that frequently which isn’t what you mean? And that would be redundant with the often in that same sentence. When you first mention her husband don’t say Gary, just say her husband and go right into the next sentence with his full name. I also think that your final quote should be one of the student quotes or another student because it seems strangely broken up without any follow up back into community member comments. I enjoy that you have more than one side, but I think it would be interesting to get student comments about how the ordinance could be a good thing (if you can find that). Overall it has a good basic set up and organization.

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