Palmerfest kicks off block party season this weekend
May 11, 2007
By Elizabeth Boyle
Ohio University has again taken steps to educate students about responsible party planning, Dean of Students Terry Hogan said, and he expects students to put their knowledge to use for this weekend's Palmerfest.
"Our community assistants have been educating continually about responsible party planning," he said, "and I trust that those hosting will take care of business."
Community assistants, a network of students living off campus who serve as liaisons between the university and off-campus students, act as a resource by disseminating information, helping solve problems, and educating on rights and responsibilities. This week, they're providing fencing for hosts who want to ensure their parties stay under control, and they're passing out tips about responsible party behavior.
Last week, the Off-Campus Living office held a meeting for students living on Palmer Street in which city officials including representatives from the Athens Police Department, Code Enforcement and Litter Enforcement provided information and answered questions.
City officials and university administrators alike emphasize the importance of hosts and guests abiding by laws, such as having no open containers in public, not providing alcohol to underage guests and obeying the noise ordinance.
"Hosting a party where alcohol is served is a significant responsibility," Hogan said.
"Each year the residents of Palmer Street have improved their planning, and I'm confident they will handle this year's festivities in a responsible way.
"As always, I urge our students to be safe, be responsible and take care of themselves and their friends."