Is UMass too violent
posted at 2/21/2008 5:15 PM EST
Yes, I attended UMass for grad school.
I did undergraduate work at Tufts University where I was a residential assistant for
two years and two summer sessions. As an RA, I had access to the campus crime reports
which were given to the residential staff each week during our staff meetings. I say this
because I wish to illustrate that crime and violence strikes every campus. Some
institutions do a better job at, for a lack of better word, marketing and PR.
That being said, Tufts has had its share of date rapes, fights, violence, hate crimes,
and other stuff that I will refrain from mentioning. I know about these things
because they were reported to us by the leadership of the campus police.
Having addented school both at Tufts and UMass, I can say that UMass certainly has a serious
perception problem. The majority of the student body at UMass are hardworking,
diligent, and ambitious leaders of tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is a segment
of the population at UMass that glorify
- being a tough guy
- destruction of property
...and have a complete disregard for civility. These are the kids who end up costing
everyone on campus when the university raises tuition and fees to help pay
to clean up the messes. Whenever there was a big sporting event on TV, I always made sure
to leave campus for the weekend. At UMass, I've had my car vandalized, had things
thrown at me, had things yelled at me while walking home late from the library,
and walked female friends home at night because they were afraid to walk
home by themselves late at night.
The solution I think starts way before these kids arrive at UMass and that responsibility
rests with the parents. Be better parents and teach your kids about responsibility
If someone gets intoxicated and causes property damage,
all of his friends think "hey thats cool" or think its funny. These same spoiled
brat kids try to rent off campus housing and cry foul when the landlord asks for campus
police reports to see if the kid had disciplinary problems at school. These same kids
also cry foul when landlords won't rent to them without a parental co-signer.
At Tufts, if something happened, they were very quick to have them removed from the
University. Tufts administration felt that certain behaviors were unbecoming of a Tufts
student. A high quality education at a place like UMass is a privilege and not a right. All
of the kids from Tufts that I knew placed high value on their education and actually wanted to
contribute to society rather than where to "get buzzed."
Its time to start expecting more from UMass Students.
Again, this is not everyone at UMass, more so the 5% who continue to bring down