"One small step the U of A could take toward mitigating this problem would be to expand its Student Code of Conduct to include undergrad compounds such as these. This wouldn't make this sort of problem go away, but it would incentivize responsible behavior in this new category of off-campus party destination local political and media establishments euphemistically call "student housing.""
1. You see students blowing off steam in a nonviolent way that hurts no one as a "problem"? Straighten out your priorities. Students partying in a safe environment with a wall of cops to prevent drunk drivers from leaving is far safer than having scattered house parties that have zero supervision and put many drunks on the road.
2. The Seasons, as well as many other similar complexes in the Tucson area, while they cater specifically to the student population, are in no way affiliated with the University of Arizona. By law, they cannot discriminate by age, familial, of student status while signing leases with renters. They are owned and managed by private companies, and as such, the University has ZERO jurisdiction to enforce its student code of conduct.
3. Incentivize responsible behavior? I hate to burst your bubble, but students are going to party regardless of your opinion of it. As long as students are going to party, doing it in an environment with the police, property manager, and security cameras present to keep things from getting out of hand sounds far more responsible to me than the aforementioned alternative.
As far as I'm concerned this trend towards larger more centralized parties is a good thing. This way the police know where the students are partying and can prevent the tragedies that can result from partying gone wrong.
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