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Goat House goes down

<rty week ended this year with a bit of a bang when the police disbanded the post-case day gathering at Goat House (516 College St.).

“We had a bunch of people over. It was probably 10-10:30, and the cops showed up. They didn’t really have a noise complaint. They just heard us, so we were kind of like: ‘That’s not really a noise complaint is it,’ and they said, ‘Oh you got minors in there you’ve got to get them out.’ That’s what they kind of attack you with,” said Pat Dale ’15, a resident of Goat House.

As a result of noise complaints, Xiao explained that after noise complaints, the House shuts down parties and tries to be “super accepting.”

However, “We have an inkling that a couple of officers kind of drive by, and they’ll say they heard it from two streets away. That’s not a noise complaint. That’s just them hearing noise.”

The deputy chief of police of Northfield Mark Dukatz commented on police presence on campus, saying, “both campuses have their own security, and both schools handle the majority of their incidents on campus and through campus policies.”

As a result, the police do not generally patrol the Carleton campus.

Likewise, Wayne Eisenhuth, director of security services said, “Generally speaking, and as it relates to parties, security services personnel will involve the police if the party is out of control (too large for our officers to handle), party goers become uncooperative, belligerent, display threatening behavior or there is evidence of a serious violation on State Statute.”

Goat House, however is an off campus house, which means it is under the Northfield ordinances, not security or campus policies. The house has had multiple encounters with the police, Dale explained.

“It’s ranged a lot. We once got the police called around 9 on a Saturday with five or six people in the house listening to music, and they said to break up the party. I asked, ‘what party?’ Then, I told everyone they had to leave.”

The police visits are not always the same. “It’s varied if they show up whether they’re going to shut down the party or not shut down the party. They’ve been very receptive about not giving out minors if everyone under 21 just walks away, he said. “They won’t interrogate them or anything.”

The relationship shows some strain, according to Xiao who says, “I feel bullied.”

However all sides seem to cooperate relatively well with each other.

Xiao explained, “It’s not like we have a stand off with the police. They’re pretty reasonable, and we try to be compliant.”

Eisenhuth and Dukatz had similar messages. Eisenhuth said, “Students are generally cooperative and party sponsors and room/ house residents have been helpful in clearing the house/room.

“However, there have been a few incidents where students become uncooperative/belligerent, but that is usually the exception rather than the rule.”

Dukatz agreed that requests are usually responded to reasonably. He explained that for any house party if hosts are belligerent or uncooperative, the police can get a warrant to enter the house, but he noted that it was rare at either college for that to happen.

“I’m not sure if last school year we even got a warrant for any houses. Normally, students are pretty cooperative here. These are not your typical colleges, and most students don’t want problems. They’re very decent when you get there.”

Dukatz, Dale and Xiao all talked about safety as a priority. Xiao explained what he tried to provide from parties. “The whole point is to try to provide a safe environment for Carleton students to have a place to go on the weekends, hang out with people and meet new people. It’s just a better way to do it.”

He also mentioned that he worried that students are becoming more scared to call the ambulances because they feared the consequences, such as getting in trouble or having to pay heavy transport costs.

This was a concern that Dukatz also voiced. Dukatz, in fact, started the interview by explaining the new medical amnesty bill in Minnesota that protects those who call the police in emergency medical situations that may involve illegal drinking or drug use.

He commented on Northfield’s past drug problems, saying, “There are some deaths that probably could have been avoided if people had felt more comfortable calling.”

He went on to explain, “We’re not going to cite someone for underage consumption if it’s a medical, and we’re not going to cite the person that called. We need them to stick around so we know what’s wrong.”

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