Hey, will someone please clobber Anthony Cernera on the head and tell him his students are shitting all over the North End?
That’s what State Sen. Rob Russo and a host of other city officials have tried to convey to the president of Sacred Heart University that maintains a Fairfield address, although its college dorms are located on Park Avenue in the city.
Okay, students will be students and there’s nothing wrong with that, but some of the beered-up boys are creating havoc in a beautiful neighborhood. Apparently, Cernera doesn’t give a shit: I can charge $20k a year for room and board but cannot hire extra security to keep the kids from mauling the neighborhood.
Russo, after urging Cernera and company to show a little interest, has had enough. Russo’s showing some big ones here. Kudos to the senator. As a part time professor at SHU, he could easily duck the issue. See his press release below.
Senator Russo Calls on Sacred Heart University to Revisit Solutions for Student-Resident Relations
Bridgeport, CT – State Senator Robert D. Russo (R-Bridgeport) today called on Sacred Heart University (SHU) to reconsider its refusal to address growing frustration many residents have with university students in the City of Bridgeport.
After hearing a variety of complaints from constituents about SHU students speeding through residential neighborhoods, violating noise ordinances, and vandalizing private property, Senator Russo met with Sacred Heart University Dean of Students Larry Wielk on September 16th to express his concern and outline some suggestions to better manage students’ behavior. Senator Russo received no response after that meeting and then reached out to Sacred Heart President Anthony Cernera. Cernera’s office contacted Senator Russo Tuesday and informed him no action would be taken on any of his suggestions.
“I am extremely disappointed with the university’s careless approach to these serious problems,” said Senator Russo. “As a member of the Bridgeport community, Sacred Heart has a responsibility to work with residents in surrounding neighborhoods, especially when there are some serious safety concerns on the table.”
One point raised by residents was speeding near campus, specifically on Park Avenue, Old Town Road, and Eckart Street. Residents had complained cars were driving well over the speed limit, posing a serious threat to pubic safety. Senator Russo suggested the installation of speed bumps along Eckart Street. Senator Russo then recommended the university pay for the bumps and he offered to personally intervene and take the proposals to the city.
“I am particularly concerned with Eckart Street,” said Senator Russo. “The speed bumps are not a feasible option on Park Avenue and Old Town Road. However, with so many homes, and Winthrop Elementary School on Eckart Street, a speed-related accident is unfortunately a very serious possibility. The speed bumps would help control reckless driving.”
Another complaint from residents was the behavior of students during the weekend and late at night. The university had not determined whether or not it was SHU students responsible for the disruptions. Senator Russo then proposed the university hire off-duty Bridgeport police officers to keep watch and supplement the existing security staff. The university has also dismissed that suggestion.
“As an adjunct professor and employee of Sacred Heart, I am quite frankly embarrassed by the lack of responsiveness from the university,” said Senator Russo. “I am disappointed in President Cernera’s lack of leadership on these issues. Sacred Heart is an excellent community and an asset to this region. I only wish the administration would do more to lessen any potentially negative impact it has on the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Senator Russo has been in contact with State Representative Hennessy, and Councilwoman AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia on these matters. “I will continue to work for solutions to these problems but I call on SHU to do the right thing for its students and the people of the city it calls home,” said Senator Russo.
Find A New Job
Have any of you checked out the plummeting poll numbers for our two exquisite U.S. Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman? You’d think they were Dems polled in Utah. Of course, that’s right, Smokin’ Joe’s no longer a real Dem is he?
Every day he gives Connecticut voters the middle finger for daring to throw him out of office for his blood-splattered war votes and kissy-face sessions with Bushy, McCain and a host of other war loons. Yes, let’s attack a country that didn’t attack us and justify it with lies, demagoguery and embrace of the party that got us into the mess. Why doesn’t he show a real pair of loins and switch to the GOP? Maybe he will. Can’t wait.
As for Dodd, how’s your mortgage payment?
This Chick Scares Me
Here’s a scary thought for Halloween, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey back in the Connecticut Legislature. The Monroe legislator, the Michelle Bachmann of Monroe, is at it again, this time frightening Monroe senior citizens, most of whom were born or lived in Bridgeport, with the hair-raising line: did you know my opponent worked in Bridgeport for “those” people? Now there’s a scary message with Halloween on the horizon, there are actually folks that work, live and love the state’s largest city. This woman is a moron. Oh, I’m sorry, that’s an insult to morons.
Heave Hovey’s Democratic opponent Michele Mount had the audacity to earn her living as legislative liaison for Bridgeport fighting, scratching and kicking for extra dollars from the Connecticut Legislature in an effort to try to keep taxes down.
Amazing, isn’t it, the taxpayers of the city of Bridgeport put food on the table for Hovey (her hubby is a city firefighter) and then she kicks them in the kidneys with the culturally divisive: she worked for “those” people. How to explain all of this? Let me guess, Hovey received a blood transfusion from Karl Marx Rove.