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Permit causes few problems
Party ordinance barely impacts Rutgers College
(U-WIRE) NEW BRUNSWICK,
N.J. — All of the worries caused by
New Brunswick’s party permit ordi
nance seem to have been for naught,
as officials say it has had little effect
on the university community.
Nearly a month after the party per
mit ordinance went into effect, there
have been no arrests for non-filed par
ties and three party permits were filed,
city officials said.
“We only look into parties when
someone complains,” Michael
Beltranena, New Brunswick police di
rector, said. “There have been no com
Hie ordinance requires all residents
to purchase a party permit seven work
ing days in advance of any gathering
with more than 50 people and an ex
change of goods or solicitation of
The penalty for neglecting to fill out
a party permit is a $ 150 to $ 1,000 fine
or 10 days in jail, said New Brunswick
City Council member Bob Recine.
Student complaints about the ordi
nance have died down since members
of the Rutgers College Governing As
sociation and other students attended
a council meeting to protest the ordi
nance Oct. 16, said Don Bowling, New
Brunswick police community relations
director. ^ -—
Bowling said one person did call
to inform him of the many phone calls
he would probably receive ffom stu
“What I expected wete^ questions
and calls from students. I received
This is a way of weeding out certain
groups and functions. It does not foster
an atmosphere of You’re part of us.’”
Rutgers College alumna
none,” Bowling said. “If students can
plain, I feed it back to (New Brunswick
Mayor Janies Cahill). I haven’t had
anything to voice.”
City officials said the policy was
not intended to hinder university stu
dents, but rather to make the streets of
New Brunswick a safer place.
The ordinance is an attempt not to
restrict parties but a way of knowing
more about what is happening in the
town, Beltranena said.
“We can be aware of what’s going
on,” Beltranena said. “But we are not
going to parties unless we’re invited.
There is no Big Brother watching.”
Beltranena said the ordinance was
a result of overcrowded parties that
often went out of control.
The ordinance allows them to have
knowledge of groups that want to have
functions, Beltranena said.
“If the group has a bad history, we
can recommend an extra-duty police „
officer,” he said.
However, other officials believe the
ordinance will still hinder relations
between Rutgers and New Brunswick.
The university and its students are
barely involved with the New
Brunswick community, said Darcella
'. ” t
Sessomes, director of the Middlesex
County Youth Advocate Program and
a Rutgers College alumna.
This ordinance will only isolate
them further from the community,
“This is a way of weeding out cer
tain groups and functions,” Sessomes
said. “It does not foster an atmosphere
of ‘You’re part of us.’”
Sessomes, who graduated in 1991,
said ties between the community and
he university were always weak.
Students and administration use the
town for the institution and neglect to
give back to the community in which
it is located, Sessomes said.
“Rutgers uses our land,” Sessomes
said. “They don’t hire anyone from the
community for campus jobs. It’s like
the Indians and the Pilgrims. They use
our land and boot us out of it.”
New Brunswick City Council mem
ber Joseph Schrum does not agree.
RCGA’s presence at the council meet
ing showed concern over what happens
inside the community, Schrum said.
“Students showed up at the meet
ing and conducted themselves very
well,” Schrum said. “They stated ev
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