UNC students face a sharp transition when they first leave dorms for off-campus housing.
Beyond learning to cook and pay utilities, students must also learn to accommodate non-student neighbors.
To ensure this happens, Chapel Hill police, businesses, community groups, residents, University officials and students will once again join forces for tonight’s Neighborhood Night Out and Good Neighbor Initiative Block Party.
The event will celebrate this joint effort with a walk, music, raffles and food at 6 p.m. at the Hargraves Community Center.
“It’s really a town event that brings together the University, community volunteers and the downtown businesses,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, an organizer of the initiative.
Students began to disrupt historic downtown neighborhoods as they became the majority residential group, said Linda Convissor, UNC’s director of local relations.
She said complaints ranged from loud parties and littering to students’ talking loudly and urinating in lawns on the way home from bars.
Bachenheimer said the need for the program grew out of police concern about mounting differences between students and residents.
Its growth has been a product of commitment and success, however, not increased tension.