new guest policy has been met with mixed reviews from residents .
Officials however, said that the new policy - enacted on Sept. 7 - has been effective thus far.
“Carriage House was very calm and orderly,” Sgt. Richard Cournoyer, of Mansfield's Resident State Trooper's Office, said of this past weekend. Police only issued a handful of tickets at the complex for simple trespass, , Cournoyer said.
John Armstrong, director of off-campus student services at the , said the weekend was "the best [they've] seen" this semester.
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Carriage House management, Armstrong said, has taken on an active role in looking at students’ behavior and making changes.
“The history that UConn has is that there has never been very much positive coming out of large group gatherings,” Armstrong said. “Any time there is a large gathering we get concerned," he said.
Some Carriage House residents, however, said the large crowds are what made Carriage House, well, Carriage House.
Resident Logan Morann, a UConn junior, said he remembered the apartments as a place where students could gather together every weekend.
“When I was a freshman, things were certainly different,” Morann said.
“I guess things have changed as I’ve gotten older,” he said. “They’ve kind of cracked down a little bit. I think they’ve definitely gone a little overboard," he said.
UConn junior Kim Iacovo agreed.
“It’s kind of inconvenient sometimes,” Iacovo said. “My boyfriend lives here so it’s kind of a pain to always have to be signed in if I just want to come hang out,” she said.
But for officials, students' safety is the main priority.
"We put that to the forefront,” Armstrong said. “If we can reduce the number of large group gatherings, then we hope that can also reduce the number of major incidents that we see in the community,” 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.