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City Council Hears Students' Concerns

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Texas A&M students are taking their concerns straight to city council.

It's the first forum of its kind, and both city officials and students say open communication is beneficial.

Texas A&M has more than 44,000 students, but they say their voices aren't as loud as College Station's permanent residents when it comes to city matters.

"They should care what we want but the fact that we're not very involved probably makes it easy for them to just do what they want without our consent," says Sophomore Jennifer Cook.

The council is urging students to get plugged into city government, but some students say they just don't have the time.

Those days are coming to an end.

Student leaders organized a forum so city council members can hear student's concerns about everything from housing to a possible Northgate drinking ordinance.

"I think when these changes so significantly affects students it's important that student concerns and students perspectives be considered but understanding the city has an obligation to all residents not just students," says Forum Organizer Marcos Rosales.

City Manager Tom Brymer says the council will listen to student's questions and comments and their input may impact policy.

"It gives them the opportunity to hear their perspectives and consider it in the decision making process," says Brymer.

One issue up for discussion, and one that directly affects A&M students, is housing.

City leaders are considering more stringent rules regarding the number of unrelated people who can live together.

"Coming from a middle class family it's so expensive to live in College Station anyway and splitting it between four people really cuts down on rent," says Sophomore Jared Moore.

And Northgate ordinances are also a subject of debate.

"The biggest problem is the cops are enforcing laws that haven't been enforced in the past like jay walking on Northgate," says Senior Sam Cortez.

Sometimes it's after the fact when students begin to speak up.

But the city hopes to have more forums like this one, so voices can be heard before it's too late.