For as long as most of us can remember, students searching for unrestricted weekend fun had to look no farther than Campus Village, the mecca of Saginaw Valley nightlife.
But as the saying goes, “All good things come to an end.”
However, the memories and good times that have come from weekends at the apartment complex located off Pierce Road do not have to end.
In fact, they can be better than ever before.
It’s true that until recently, no place was more welcoming of our shenanigans and debauchery than the townhomes sitting adjacent to campus.
Whether you and your roommates were making a stop at the “soccer house” or gathering in the courtyard, everyone had their ideal go-to for a good time at Campus Village.
This year, it seems Campus Village has instituted stricter security policies than most airports.
A student trying to enter Campus Village Avenue without a guest pass may strongly argue that orchestrating a heist comparable to one in the Ocean’s movie trilogy is more likely to be successful.
Be it requiring guest passes to enter the property, enforcing rules that limit the amount of people allowed in a unit or even towing dozens of vehicles a weekend, Campus Village has without a doubt stepped up its game in terms of combating what it believes to be unruly behavior.
However, modern day problems require modern day solutions.
Regardless if you’ve attended Saginaw Valley for five years (like me) or are in your first semester here, you are, for all intents and purposes, of college ability.
What I mean by this is you are likely able to think outside the box and find creative solutions to real world problems, even if those problems are just finding a way into Campus Village.
What has been created is a perfect opportunity for residents of Campus Village to capitalize on an emerging market – parking passes.
Any resident can obtain a guest parking pass from the Campus Village office.
Why not sell these to students who would otherwise have no way onto the property?
The opportunity to monetize and take advantage of this market doesn’t stop there.
Residents could even use their own vehicles and charge per head to bring students across the street and through the gates of a world otherwise left unseen.
If you are one of the few students lucky enough live in a unit with a back door facing Pierce Road, charge admission into your house.
These are all solutions that have been around for years but only now are needed due to the heightened security.
Now don’t get me wrong: I am in no way supporting trespassing or condoning underage drinking, but if students want to go to Campus Village and have a good time like thousands of students before them, why not do it the right way?
Make friends with residents and get in without trespassing.
Not only will this avoid any potential legal ramifications, but you will genuinely have more fun making connections with new people and solving this problem.
The “CV’s” will always have a special place in my heart, and for that reason I believe it is important to stress that many of us are guests to the premises.
With that being said, it is important to treat the property with respect.
Don’t create additional messes and cause problems with police.
Not only does that ruin everyone else’s experience, but it will only add to further restrictions.
If we work together and follow the rules that have been set, eventually management will lessen its grip and allow students to have the fun we desperately seek.
Until that day comes, we must seek solutions that creatively solve the problem we have at hand.