Urges balanced assessment of LMU’s role in the community, considering issues and benefits

To the Editor:

I moved to Westchester in 1968 and have lived in the area ever since. I write regarding the issues with Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

I have read of parking issues regarding student cars filling the local streets. Then there’s the recycling center. And these days I read about student parties disturbing neighbors.

Accepting that these and others are real issues, I write as another neighbor of LMU on the topic of the richness of the contribution LMU makes to our area in so many ways. I can name only a few.

Residents walk on the park-like campus, where they can also walk their dogs.

A richness of lectures, theater, courses, etc., is all right next door as are a wide variety of NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division 1 sports — all convenient and with modest entry fees.

The partnership recently entered into between LMU and the Los Angeles Unified School District has the potential of being a terrific contribution to our local schools — meaning to our children.

LMU also has a positive financial impact in the area, including income from rooms and whole homes rented to students, and increased sales at many retail outlets, including supermarkets and restaurants.

I argue only in favor of a balanced assessment — there are issues and there are benefits to our community from the presence of LMU. Let’s look at both.

Kevin Cronin, Playa del Rey

Applauds those who admit LMU problem goes beyond the usual campus parties

To the Editor:

A letter writer in the September 11th issue of The Argonaut wrote in defense of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) partygoers, and berated troubled homeowners.

Most of our neighbors and I went to college. We had parties, and it was all part of the college experience. Let’s point out some differences:

— When we went to parties, there may have been 20 to 40 attendees. We got loud, and when the police showed up to ask us to quiet down, we did. We weren’t happy about it, but we did.

— We did not have cell phones and text messaging to create a mob of over 250, spilling into and blocking the street. We didn’t urinate on neighbors’ properties, or smash beer bottles up and down the street because it was fun. We also didn’t leave used condoms and other waste on front yards.

— When a neighbor asked us to please be quiet, we didn’t chastise them for “buying into a college neighborhood,” and we didn’t smash their car windows. We didn’t slash tires. Then, when the party was shut down, we didn’t check our phones for the address of the next party house to swarm to at 3 a.m.

I’m guessing the letter writer hasn’t experienced one of these “super” party nights in her neighborhood.

I applaud the local residents, LMU officials, and police officers who acknowledge there is a real problem beyond the usual campus parties.

LMU is a great neighbor, and by far, the majority of its students are good citizens. As usual, it’s a few bad apples that create the headlines. We’d just like to get back to having a safe and sane neighborhood.

Bob Lane, Westchester

LMU students must show understanding if they want understanding themselves

To the Editor,

Regarding the letter “Responding to ‘insult letter’ about LMU student misbehavior in Westchester” in the September 11th issue of The Argonaut, I read with interest how the letter writer feltÝabout how our pleasant little neighborhood addressesÝthe LMU students.

I have lived in Westchester for 58 years. I have lived in my current home for 35 years and have had the experience of LMU students as neighbors for the pastÝ27 years. I feel experienced to comment on this subject.

Dear LMU Students and your Alumni Friends:

It is not a right of passage to urinate on my lawn.ÝI don’t want to pick up your beer bottles or red cups.ÝIt is not okay to block my driveway with your car while you go out of town for a spring break, or to move my trash cans on Sunday night in front of my drivewayÝso that you can have a place to park. It is not pleasant to listen to your car alarms in the middle of the night because you can’t seem to turn them off.

Thanks for letting us know about your parties in advance — even sharing your phone numbers — but that doesn’t seem to stop the endless cars and partygoers. I know, you never expected that many people, you just told a few friends. Well, guess what.

Some of us have to get up in the morning and go to work. Others have small children who can’t sleep. You want understandingÝshown to LMU students — then show some yourself.

I completely agree that, in the grand scheme of things, this is not a tragedy. I do, however, mind you saying that the community is “getting their panties in a twist” and I resent you asserting that it’s okay to be disrespectful neighbors because we can’t remember what it was like to have fun.

Marsha Wietecha, Westchester