Welcome Week Worries

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

The last pieces of furniture are coming off of the moving truck for Emily Seidl's room. She is one of the many adapting to a new home and getting ready for "Welcome Week" at MSU.

"People are having one last really good time before school starts," Seidl explains.

But this week has traditionally caused a lot of problems for the University in the past.

"You get packs of people wandering around the city looking for something to do," Sgt. Mark Vandewouwer of the East Lansing Police Department explains.

And they end up finding alcohol.

"Well there are a lot of parties and a lot of drunk people everywhere," MSU student Jenny Gordus explains.

But as of right now, the dorms are still mostly empty. You see, freshman can't move in till August 30th, just three days before classes start.

That's no scheduling mistake. The University tells us they did that on purpose-- because far too many freshman saw what was supposed to be a chance to meet people as a week long party instead.

ELPD tells us this coming week is one of the hardest to patrol in their city, in fact the department says-- last year it wrote 198 citations for people with an MSU affiliation and arrested 46.

Add in students from other schools and there are a lot more-- something Sgt. Vandewouwer says the new schedule should help to alleviate.

"I think it will help us, in the fact that it will cut down on when the freshman come in," he says.

But it doesn't end "Welcome Week" for everyone else, leaving a big challenge ahead for the police.

"I'm sure we'll have several in jail every morning," Vandewouwer says.

As parents pull away and another school year gets started.


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