Campus, business leaders prep for IUPatty’s party weekend

The Hawk Report, Feb. 23, 2014

Michael Driscoll

Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Michael A. Driscoll speaks at a public forum in Gorrell Recital Hall in Sutton Hall, Feb. 26, 2014. Photo by Alaina Whoolery.

The Feb. 23 broadcast of The Hawk Report included interviews with town and gown leaders about prospects for the weekend of March 6-8, when Indiana University of Pennsylvania students plan annual IUPatty’s celebrations.

Producer Kelsey Breunig interviewed IUP President Michael Driscoll, Indiana borough council President Nancy Jones and IUP Student Government Association officer Elijah C. “Eli” Rosenthal about preparations to prevent the rowdiness of fall Homecoming weekends at IUP.

Among their remarks:

  • Borough council President Jones: “Nothing seems to happen if you get arrested. We need to take the next step.  I don’t know what that is.”
  • IUP President Driscoll: “We do a fair amount of enforcement.”
  • SGA official Rosenthal:  Look for “increased security.”

Producer Dave Gershgorn interviewed Downtown Indiana Inc. President and restaurateur Tim McQuaide about borough business interests and student revels. Among McQuaide’s remarks:

  • Borough security has amounted to a “police state” downtown.
  • To engage students in the “communiversity,” students “should reach out to us.”
  • Should local government pay alcohol-related businesses to shut down during St. Patrick’s Day party weekends (as practiced at Penn State University)? “Absolutely not.”

Listen to the Feb. 23 Hawk Report.

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Next scheduled broadcast of The Hawk Report: Sunday, March 9, 2014, at noon on WIUP-FM 90.1.

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