The Public Safety numbers are in and they show that students have been behaving much better than last year.
Drinking incidents have decreased by 81 percent, drug incidents by 44 percent and there hasn’t been a single diversion ticket issued on campus, according to Public Safety’s records for this fall and the Clery report for 2012.
Fall of 2012 was one for the books at Castleton State College. The residents of Castleton were outraged by students’ behavior and Public Safety had to patrol town streets to restore order on campus.
“Every year is different,” said Robert Godlewski, Public Safety director. “The college does a good job at providing things to do on campus, however, students spend all week on campus, so come the weekend they are looking to get off.”
The Clery Report for last fall compared to this semester illustrates the colossal difference in behavior. By the mid-term point in 2012, alcohol incidents alone led to 105 write-ups compared to just 24 this fall to date.
“This year has been very mild compared to last year,” said Godlewski. “But next year could change.”
With 700 new students coming into a college each year, Godlewski said, “you never know what you are going to get.”
Eric Dowd, a community advisor in Hoff Hall, compared his experience as a CA.
“Last year I was in Ellis, which is an all freshmen dorm. It was wild,” he said. “Now I am in Hoff Hall, which is a lot milder.”
Fellow CA Kelsey Robbins agreed,
“Last year was a lot more hectic than this year,” she said.
But why are we seeing such a decrease of incidents on campus this semester?
Robbins said off-campus house parties have a lot to do with it.
“There were more parties off campus last year than this year, which really correlates with people drinking on campus,” said Robbins.
Does the decrease in party-related problems mean Castleton’s college life is lacking?
“The decrease does not reflect how much fun my Castleton experience is,” said senior, Olivia Dostal.
As for Godlewski, he just takes the years as they come and hopes for the best.
“Every class is going to bring in new situations, good, bad, indifferent,” he said.