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Party smarter, not harder

By Kelsey Wood
On February 21, 2014

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Stories of college parties and attendance are a common occurrence on campuses. But what party going students should realize is that if the party takes place in an apartment, then they may be getting into more than they thought. 

Kirkwood Community College does not have dorms so students rely on the apartments around campus to provide housing.

These apartments are not owned by Kirkwood so the people who own the apartments make the rules for the apartment. One rule is that the host of the party is in charge of the noise level and responsible for the people in the apartment, depending on what apartment complex they are living in. 

Dan Bohall at Campus View stated they are an alcohol and drug-free building.  Renters  in violation caught by the apartment security guards  may have pay a fee for lease violation, he said. 

Michelle Barnell at Eagle's Pointe stated the complex has courtesy officers who patrol the apartments. Students may call in if there is a disturbance, and depending on the situation, the people living in that apartment may get fined. She also said there are a number of people who live in their apartments who are above the legal age so they do not stop those people from having alcohol. Only those who are below the legal age of 21 years old would be fined for under-age drinking, said Barnell

The managers of Kirkwood Village East did not want to comment when asked about their policy on parties and wanted to remain anonymous. 

The security guards at Kirkwood Village West said that they look for several cars coming into the parking lot or an increased noise level. Only 10 people are allowed into an apartment.  They stated if students need to report suspicious activity, they should call into security anonymously. The security guards then will do all they can to help.  If the situation is beyond them, they can call the property manager and try to fix it. 

Students, such as Cali Beyer who lives at Kirkwood Village East said, "I think our security policy is really tight. They do keep they noise down." She  added, "I feel safe there." 

Jennessa Helm also lives a Village East and said, "Yeah they're pretty good at stopping noise complaints, but they kind of suck, too." She added that there is a lot of noise around the apartment. 

There is a noise ordinance after 10 p.m. so security can give out tickets. Those tickets can cost between $50-$100 for excessive noise.

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