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Redefining the Campus Scene: UNG’s College Parties

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Some Dahlonega students say that there’s an increase in police presence at the University of North Georgia party scene.

Unlike the highly anticipated block party at the beginning of the year, when police shut down the party before it started, “Halloweekend” still happened even though police showed up.

Some students say parties are a place to make memories and meet people.

Jordan Teasley, a junior psychology major said, “I don’t know why it’s such a big deal. I do agree that it can be crazy, but it is also a good way for students to have fun and make friends outside of class.”

Teasley said, “I get it though, they [police] have a job, but parties are a big part of a college experience. I think there should be a way both can exist at the same time.”

Compared to last year, some students say the police are becoming more assertive when addressing the parties.

Abby Brimer, a sophomore business administration major, said, “There was a time where one cop literally played beer pong with us last year, and now it seems like they’re more active about stopping the parties.”

Monday night, on Halloween Eve, police showed up to the party with threats to take legal action against students.

Katherine Stone, a sophomore criminal justice major, says, “Four cops showed up that night. There was one that threatened to file a noise complaint ordinance if they had to come back.”

Parties tend to happen at University Heights, an off-campus student apartment complex. However, according to a letter from the property owner in August, students who are associated with hosting a party are at risk of being evicted.

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