Current observational evidence seems to indicate that blue stragglers are a dynamically created population, though exactly how the mechanism(s) of formation operates remains a mystery. We search for links between blue straggler formation and environment by considering only those stars found within one core radius of the cluster center. In so doing, we aim to isolate a sample that is representative of an approximately uniform cluster environment where, ideally, a single blue straggler formation mechanism is predominantly operating. Normalized blue straggler frequencies are found and apart from new anticorrelations with the central velocity dispersion and the half-mass relaxation time, we find no other statistically significant trends.
Concerns regarding the method of normalization used to calculate relative blue straggler frequencies are discussed, specifically whether the previously observed anticorrelation with total cluster mass (see Piotto et al. 2004) is a consequence of the normalization process. A new correlation between the observed number of blue stragglers in the core and the number predicted from single-single collisions alone is presented. This new link between formation and environment represents the first direct evidence that the blue straggler phenomenon has, at least in part, a collisional origin.