UWM reminds students that the arresting will continue until morale improves
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Last weekend’s “safety and partnership” meeting between the Milwaukee Police Department and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee resulted in the arrest of 25 UWM students, mostly for nefarious criminal acts like underage drinking and excessive noise. MPD’s show of force was typical for the beginning of a new school year, and was meant to calm the jittery nerves of East Side homeowners who’ve had it up to here with drunken student shenanigans. But in years past, the police presence has dropped off about as quickly as most students drop out. Winter arrives, everyone calms the fuck down, and the circle of life continues.
Not so for 2012. In a letter from the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Association (a student government group that knows a thing or three about getting arrested), UWM students are warned that the beatings—er, arresting—will continue until morale improves:
Dear UWM Students,
On behalf of the Student Association and Division of Student Affairs, we want to make certain you are aware that the Milwaukee Police Department plans to continue intensive enforcement of quality of life issues and underage drinking laws in the UWM neighborhood during this coming weekend and throughout the fall semester.
Last weekend the Milwaukee Police issued 39 citations for underage drinking, excessive noise and other violations. A majority of those cited were UWM students. It is important to note that individuals receiving citations also may be subject to disciplinary action by UWM—even for activities that take place while not on university property.
We want you to enjoy your time both on and off the UWM campus, and take advantage of East Side social events. It is important, however, to be respectful of all members of the surrounding university community.
So take note, UWM students: excessive noise and public urination on the East Side aren’t going to fly this semester. Better to avoid police interaction altogether by moving to Riverwest.