In a move to limit crowds and cut down on poor behavior, in Storrs rolled out a for its residents this past weekend.
For the first time in recent memory, residents were only permitted four guests per resident at any given time.
“It was very, very quiet there,” Sgt. Richard Cournoyer of the Mansfield Resident State Trooper's Office said Monday. “They definitely abided by the four-guest limit, but they weren’t happy about it,” he said.
Residents are now required to show their resident ID at the front entrance of the complex, and must be in the company of their guest(s) at all times, according to the new policy.
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Eric Weiner, a student and resident of Carriage House, told Mansfield-Storrs Patch he was less than thrilled with the new policy.
“I think I live in a jail cell pretty much,” Weiner said. “I can’t have my own guests here. What if I have more than four friends coming up? It’s stupid," he said.
The crowds, he reasoned, could be better monitored at Carriage House.
"I think they can control it better here than as they say ‘walking up and down the street’ where there are neighbors and families," Weiner said. "People are going to be even more mad and I think even more things will happen, so I think it’s stupid,” he said.
“I see where they’re coming from,” said Nick, a Carriage House resident who asked to be identified by first name only. “They [management] want you to have your friends over, they just don’t want people coming from neighboring towns who you don’t even know to come in and cause havoc," he said. "I’m fine with it, because I don’t have too many people coming over at any one time, but I can see how it could be a problem,” he said.
Daniel Serje, a UConn senior, doesn't live at Carriage House, but has friends there whom he goes to visit often. Serje said that while he understands the need for safety, he found the new policy "over-the-top."
“I see why, don’t get me wrong, but it’s very strict," Serje said. “Where do kids go now? They can’t go party in dorms," he said. "This is the big off-campus thing, so it’s really unfortunate. No one has anywhere to go," he said.
Mansfield-Storrs Patch is continuing to reach out for comment from Carriage House management. Be sure to check back with Mansfield-Storrs Patch for updates as they become available.