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

Caldwell, Argonia boys teams fall in sub-state semifinal action

first_imgArgonia’s Kolton Koerner gets pressure from Ashland defenders.by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Attica blew past Caldwell 67-42, and Ashland nipped Argonia 45-39 Thursday in the semifinals of the a Class 1A District tournament in Caldwell. Attica will face Ashland in the finals Saturday. Girls’ semifinals are sets for Friday night. On the girls side, Attica and Cunningham play at 6 Friday, followed by Caldwell and Norwich at 7:30. The Girls finals are at 6 Saturday, followed by the boys at 7:30.Here is a wrap up of the two games Thursday in Caldwell.Attica 67, Caldwell 42It was the Devon Newberry show in the first half of this game, as Attica took a 20-6 lead at the end of one quarter and never looked back. Newberry scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half.  He had 12 in the first quarter and hit four 3-pointers in the first half. Attica had a total of six in the first half and led 40-17 at intermission.Attica was shooting very well, and their tight defenses didn’t let Caldwell have many shots.The teams traded baskets in the second half.For Attica Jacob Norris scored 17 and Brady Ricke added eight.Colten Ward led Caldwell with 17, and he started each half with a 3-pointer. Dilyn Volavka scored 10 for Caldwell and Jalen Risley had eight.Caldwell closes its season at 12-9 and Attica moves on at 19-2.Argonia’s Evan Dolley gets an inside layup during battle against Ashland.Ashland 45, Argonia 39Ashland scored eight unanswered points in the final minute and a half to win this back and forth game that saw a lot of lead changes. Argonia led 39-37 when Ashland’s Michael White converted a three-point play to put his team in front 40-39.In the final minute, Caldwell had turnovers, and missed shots which Ashland rebounded. Down the stretch the Ashland Blue Jays hit five of six free throws to get the final margin..Ashland led 11-8 after one quarter, but Argonia stormed back. The Raiders ended the second quarter on a 6-0 run to erase a five-point deficit and led 18-17 at the half.Argonia seemed to take over in the third quarter, The Raiders went on a 10-2 run to end the third with a 30-23 lead.That is when Ashland took over. The Blue Jays started hitting shots it had been missing, and began to utilize its size advantage under the basket more.  Ashland rallied and a 3-pointer by Nathan Reimer tied the game at 35 with 2:32 left.Kolton Koerner led Argonia with 12 and Jason Hess scored nine. Kole Konrade led Ashland with 12.Argonia ends its season at 14-7 and Ashland is now 14-6.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more