UAlbany Students Say Noise From Nearby Medical Offices Harming Quality of Life

By Curtis Riboflavin

Published May 31st, 2015

ALBANY – T.J. Hoppskotch and Chester Hotchkiss, captains of the University at Albany varsity hacky sack team, wanted to ply their craft on the lawn along Washington Avenue extension last week when it happened again: noise and rowdiness from nearby medical buildings.

The two 19-year-old students from Rockland County found it so difficult to concentrate due to the non-stop buzz of activity from the surrounding doctors’ offices that they were forced to bag their hacky sacking for the ninth time since April 1.

Hoppskotch, a muscular student with a dark crew cut known on campus as “The Big Banger,” said the medical offices are nothing but trouble.

“I hate to get all ‘Not In My Backyard’ on you, but this area’s like ‘Bourbon Street for Doctors,’” Hoppskotch said. “We feel it is seven days a week, 24 hours a day with the noise. Enough already. We are on campus to learn, not to constantly hear the hum of X-ray machines and ringing telephones. It’s all day over there.”

"My bros refuse to play near Washington anymore. It’s a big distraction, dude,” said Hotchkiss, a tall and thin frizzy blond-haired jock who often dons sports sunglasses and a backward Polo baseball cap.  “Non-stop we hear these doctors talking into tape recorders after they meet with the patients. I’m like, ‘Hey docs , we’re trying to enjoy the college experience. Show some respect. ‘ They don’t listen. They don’t care. They need to grow up.”

Bro Tiggler, 23, of Syracuse, started complaining to city officials more than two years ago.

“I worked at Burger King for six years in high school to earn money to pay for school and hacky sack, not to flunk out of college because of all the medical-office park bullshit,” Tiggler said.  “Something needs to be done about this. Like now, bro.”

Vlasic Pipple, a spokesman for the Albany Doctors’ Network, said the offices would work with the community to address any concerns about noise.

“This is part of life when you choose to go to college near medical offices,” he said. “I was in college once and I understand that at their age they might think hacky sack is the most important thing in life.

“But for our patients,” Pipple said, “finding ways to fight their life threatening illnesses and stay alive matters too.”


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