Local police have arrested 57 Pennsylvania State University-Altoona students since the start of the fall semester a few weeks ago—a sharp increase from the three students arrested at this point last year, the Daily Collegian reports.
Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller says that most of the arrests have involved alcohol violations and that township meetings have been packed all summer with residents complaining about students littering and throwing loud parties. “Penn State was named the No. 1 party school,” Heller says. “I don’t know if they’re trying to live up to that title of not.”
Junior Eric Sales says that police are unfairly targeting parties to send a message to the Logan Township community. “They’re screwing over the kids who want to have fun but are still taking their college career seriously,” Sales says. “It’s unfair. There can be a party and there are 10 people drinking and having fun, but the police will come up there and arrest everyone.”