Group discusses campus safety

first_imgThe members of Campus Life Council discussed on-campus safety at its meeting Friday afternoon. While crime numbers are not high or increasing, student body president Brett Rocheleau said students are still often afraid to walk around campus alone at night. “We should try to minimize that fear,” Rocheleau said. Multiple campus resources are aimed at keeping the grounds safe and comfortable, he said, but the student body does not have a widespread awareness of their presence. “Whatever we do or whatever we have, it’s publicizing it [that is the issue],” Howard rector Margaret Morgan said. She said students need to know Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the Quad Squad and Safewalk protect the campus. Rector Maria Hinton of Cavanaugh said the Quad Squad consists of several officers who are assigned to monitor the various quads. “They walk constantly, all night long,” she said. “Their shifts run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and they stop in the halls and check their basements.” Night monitors were also recently reinstated in all women’s halls this year. Morgan said these officers sit in the lobbies of the residence buildings in order to instill a sense of security. An additional safety device is the blue light phone. These emergency phones are located in various areas of campus, such as near the lakes and along the edge of campus by Stepan Fields. But chief of staff Katie Baker said NDSP does not advocate the phones as a strong form of crime prevention. “They don’t get used really and don’t deter crime,” Baker said. Rocheleau said one way to perhaps deter crime would be to expand the number of video cameras on campus, although Notre Dame already has several located on buildings overlooking the parking lots. Another idea to improve campus safety was to increase lighting around campus. Junior James Slaven, Student Union Board director of publicity, said the construction area around the Morris Inn is a safe walking area. He said the constant, bright lights allow students to feel safe at night, but the downside is the annoyance they cause to nearby dorms. “We need to find a balance between no lights and floodlights,” he said. Areas specified for increased lighting included God Quad, the crosswalks leading to Saint Mary’s and the paths around the Pasquerilla East and West areas. Baker said these locations deal with a large amount of student traffic even at night. “We mentioned putting reflectors on those crosswalks so they stand out more,” she said. Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero said the issue of safety also requires common sense. For instance, students should not go on midnight runs around the lakes. “You have to be aware of your surroundings,” she said. In order to be fully aware, Rocheleau said it is also important to notice large sidewalk cracks and flooding around campus. Although the climate makes it difficult to maintain quality sidewalks, Rocheleau said the university acknowledges the problem and is trying to address it. “They’ve asked us to talk to people and get a list of specific areas,” Baker said.last_img read more

Mackay aiming for three signings

first_img Cardiff’s January recruitment is likely to be in the spotlight after the departure of Iain Moody, and his replacement Alisher Apsalyamov’s visa issues. But Mackay is confident he will add a defender, midfielder and striker of the right quality to his squad to bolster the Bluebirds’ survival hopes. “It would be great if we can bring in three quality additions to the squad,” said Mackay. “I would look to strengthen all three departments in terms of a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player.” Mackay also praised the club’s board for the backing they gave him during the summer, and is awaiting guidance from them as to how much he will have to spend next month. “I will talk to my chairman (about January) who will then discuss it with his board of directors and our owner and I will take my lead from them,” he said. “It’s up to them then what financially they want to spend in January. I’ve got my lists of players, whether they be permanent targets or loans for various positions. We’ve got to try and strengthen again. “We are a first-time club so to speak. Everyone barring two other clubs has got a massive head start on us in terms of quality. The Bluebirds spent more than £30million in the summer as they brought in reinforcements ahead of their first season in the Premier League. Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Andreas Cornelius were among the players to arrive in the summer, with the first three of those acquisitions proving particularly successful. Malky Mackay is hopeful of making three quality additions to his Cardiff squad when the January transfer window opens for business. “They might only need to bring in one or two over a season. We had to bring in a group of eight players which was going to give us the chance to survive. “You have a choice, do you invest knowing you have a really good chance of staying up or do you invest knowing you might go down and then have to build again. “I was offered the chance to allow us to stay up. Looking at two or three players right now, without picking anyone out, but Theophile-Catherine has been a fantastic bit of business for us as has Gary Medel and Steven Caulker. “January is about now putting another layer on that. It’s a different type of window though and you have to be careful. “There’s not quite the array of talent out there in January and people are leaving clubs for different reasons and overall you have to be careful. It’s about bringing in another layer of quality to add to what we’ve got. I need to bring in guys who are going to add to that.” Press Associationlast_img read more