If I had to change one thing about Bucknell/Lewisburg it would be Lewisburg police and how they abuse their power. I think one of the greatest things about Bucknell is the downtown environment and how there are so many college houses close together. On a given Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night there might be a dozen house parties downtown. I think the house parties are more fun then going to a fraternity house or the over-packed Bull Run. Unfortunately, over my four years at Bucknell, the police has shut down countless parties that I have attended because they are “disorderly gatherings”.
I know the police have to do their job and make sure things are safe and under control. They have to make sure young 17-18 year old freshman are drinking responsibly since they are at college for the first time. They have to make sure that houses are not being broken into or there isn’t violence like fights. I understand this completely and I feel like they do a good job since downtown Lewisburg is a safe community.
I think they need to realize that is a college town and let us enjoy our college experience like they did. When I talk to my friends from home and tell them about the Lewisburg police they are in shock. They tell me that they have never heard of a party being shut down for being too loud or having too many people. I think the Lewisburg police has nothing better to do but to shut down house parties at night. Making college students pay the couple hundred-dollar fine is their way of bringing in thousands of dollars a year for themselves. Whats the big deal if our party is loud? For the majority of the houses downtown, the neighbors are fellow college students. There are a few locals that live downtown but they have lived there for so long that they are used to the parties and I highly doubt they are calling the police because of the noise. I understand if there are kids puking or pissing on the street and the party is stopped for that reason. But I feel like the cops are just hiding around corners waiting for someone to make a mistake so they can snatch them. There main goal should be to make sure that we are safe from violence, not if a party is too big or loud. Let us have our fun!!!!!