Sometimes, I think we jump to conclusions as a community.
As a student body, it’s easy to point blame at particular people when we dislike a situation; it’s even easier to find a scapegoat that might not be able to immediately respond.
This week, we investigated a claim that a certain dean owned and rented out a certain infamous off-campus party house. I was so sure that he owned this house on Uintah that I would have put money on it. But, as is always necessary with anything journalistic, we decided to look deeper and not just take rumor as fact.
Property records from the El Paso County Assessor’s Office first gave us doubt. Records said some other man owned the property.
“Maybe he doesn’t have the deed or shares it with someone else,” I thought. Then we called the dean.
He was surprised to hear that he owned the house too because, well, he didn’t.
I’ve been reporting on and writing about the relationship between students living and partying off campus and our non-college counterparts for three years now. Each year, I find that both sides have no idea what’s going on.
Students often think the administration is behind police activity. Non-college neighbors think the administration is letting the students run amuck in the neighborhood. The administration thinks the police are handling it. The police think neighbors don’t understand the college.
These are generalities, of course, but I’ve heard each of those claims at least two or three times since mid-August alone.
I ran into President Tiefenthaler in the library Tuesday morning during a class break, and we chatted briefly before I tried to speak the language of Tutt printer to submit my homework on time.
We exchanged emails later that day, and I told her how a vast number of students believed her office and the greater administration to be spearheading a “crackdown” against CC parties and the culture that surrounds them.
She was shocked.
“There is no truth to the rumor that I and/or college administrators entered into an agreement with CSPD to “crack down” on off-campus student parties,” she told me in an email later that night. “I am told that CSPD officers have responded to an increased number of noise complaints, which began a few weeks before the academic year.”
So maybe the “impeach Jill” movement is a little misguided. I’ve never been one to take what I’m told and believe it (ask Jill), but I do think her words put our understanding in perspective: I don’t think we have much of it.
Before we start pointing fingers in every which way, I think we should take a step back and really examine all of the players.
Changes here tend to involve more than one or two people, and I think if we examined all sides, we might be able to make more progress than what we already have.
Jesse Paul, Editor-in-Chief