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UPDATED on January 22, 2016
Hours after being informed of the city’s investigation results, Alpha Sigma Phi was cited with a noise complaint.
The Ann Arbor Police Department confirmed police responded to a noise complaint at 920 Baldwin Ave. at about 3 a.m. Thursday and issued a ticket.
The noise violation came only hours after fraternity members were informed of the results of a city investigation into the fraternity’s nuisance behavior.
Gotta love the attitude. Not letting the city keep them down.
Original story published on January 21, 2016
Fraternity members of the University of Michigan’s Alpha Sigma Phi simply can’t stop their loud partying and it’s creating a problem for their neighbors who just want some damn peace and quiet. In fact, the Alpha Sigma Phi house is going so hard that the city of Ann Arbor is getting involved.
The neighbors are complaining about loud partying, drunken behavior, and more coming from the Alpha Sigma Phi property.
According to a two-page report filed to the City Council on Tuesday:
The difficulty with this situation lies in the fact that neighbors are in close proximity to a fraternity house in a residential setting, and the members of that house and their guests have demonstrated an excessive disregard of city regulations and the neighbor’s quietude over the past couple years.
It amazes me each and every time someone moves in next to a fraternity house and then acts shocked when the fraternity turns out to be loud. If you’re going make your home base next to a fraternity house, go ahead and work nights and weekends and/or invest in some soundproof walls. Bulletproof glass wouldn’t hurt either, actually.
According to the report, police received 53 calls for service to the house in 2015. Of those 53, 39 of them were for noise complaints. Most academic school years are roughly 30 weeks long, so these guys are averaging more than one visit a week by the police. Not bad, fellas.
The fraternity is sticking up for themselves, though. Not only did Tuesday’s report say there appears to be “some contrition and willingness to correct behavior on his and the fraternity’s part,” but the fraternity president is dropping some knowledge on these bitches.
Alpha Sigma Phi’s now-former president, a public policy junior, defended his fraternity at the November council meeting when neighbors showed up to speak out about what they characterized as excessive partying and drunken behavior. He rejected the notion that the fraternity was being a bad neighbor.
He said the fraternity had received ‘at most five tickets’ from the city in the previous calendar year and an investigation by the city was unwarranted.
‘Alpha Sigma Phi is not like other fraternities,’ he said. ‘We had the highest GPA on campus last fall. Our previous president won president of the year. We were awarded best risk management of the year by the university.’
Boom. And just like that the neighbors are bad guys. Not only does this fraternity party hard, but they study hard. The formula is working. Shut down the partying, shut down the knowledge.
As it stands, the city is continuing to investigate the fraternity to figure out if further legal action is needed. Until then, it’s still party on..
Image via Facebook/ Michigan Alpha Sigma Phi