December 18, 2003

Apology To Go Around

I'm sorry, Karissa, for being upset. I really didn't have a reason to be. I know that you were thinking of me when you posted that blog entry (haha). It's ok. I'm just glad that you thought of posting an entry explaining how to do it so others could figure it out. I thought that was a very good thing to do. I just want to say I'm sorry for being mean-but everything was just going wrong yesterday and I guess posting an entry helped let out some of my anger. Don't worry Karissa, everything is fine and I'm really not mad at you. I just hope your not mad at me. We're still friends. Well have a nice holiday and I'll see you in January.

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December 17, 2003

Chameleon This!

I know. I know. I should have been the first one to post a blog entry explaining how to change colors since I was showing a lot of people how to do it. But you see-NO ONE LOOKS AT MY BLOG ANYWAY SO WHATS THE POINT. Instead, Karissa wrote about it and this kind of makes me mad because everyones thanking her when I showed her how to do that stuff in the first place. I know I sound dumb and I shouldn't be mad, but really, where's the credit? No credit given to the woman who figured out the color thing for 3 hours herself (and with the help of Amy Slade) just to show someone how to do it in only about 5-10 minutes. Well, just to let you know, WHOEVER HAPPENS TO READ THIS, that I did take the time to figure out how to change colors on a weblog and showed Karissa how to do it. Thank you very much for YOUR time.
Oh Yeah and PS-I told her to copy and paste it "just in case." Those were helpful tips from my good friend Amy Slade. See this is giving credit-something I am not afraid to do.

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December 16, 2003

Long Time. No Write.

I'm sorry that it's been so long for me to write, but you see CHRISTMAS BREAK HAS FINALLY COME!!!!!!!!! It's just that I took a short break-you know-to recover from all that journalism homework we had. Well, I'm writing to tell everyone that I hope they are enjoying their breaks so far. I'll see all of you in January. I bet you can't wait!!!

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December 05, 2003

Practice Journalism-Either You Enjoy It Or You Don't

The Practice of Journalism was a very intense class. I really did enjoy it because there were a lot of good times in that class, but there were many tough times as well.

The main reason why I enjoyed this course was because of all the experience I have received at becoming a journalist. I started writing for the Setonian, which I never though would have happened because I didn't write for my high school paper. My favorite project in the class was the term project. I got so much practice at becoming a journalist from doing that assignment. If you want to read it, it's in my blog on Dec. 4th.

The thing I like most of all about journalism is that we get to keep these blogs. That makes me so happy because I have so much information on here that I would love to keep. I also want to continue to write in it for as long as I go to SHU.

The downfalls to the class weren't as horrible as I thought they were. Now that I look back and think of the things I was having problems with, such as having to get an interveiw for my midterm project and wondering whether or not I'll have enough time, I realize that they were just little problems that could be fixed. Dr. Jerz is very understanding when it comes to problems that deal with journalism.

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December 04, 2003

College Campuses-Do You Feel Safe?

It’s a dark, rainy night and you have to make your way from your car to your dorm room. The walk is long and murky. There are hardly any lights shining on the parking lot and there is only one emergency phone that isn’t even close to where your car is. Is it safe to leave your car?

Many college residents all around the Pennsylvania area do not feel safe on their college campuses, but what are the reasons for this? Many problems, according to the people interviewed, said that it has a lot to do with necessities, such as lighting, campus police/security, and the amount of emergency phones placed on a campus, not only the location of the school.

A lot of safety precautions start out when students go to high school. More and more high schools are starting to get metal detectors installed. According to The Boston Globe, 8 out of 12 Boston high schools have metal detectors, and nationwide, 9.4 percent of 84, 735 public schools used them in 1999-2000. This number rose to 20 percent when 20,395 public schools in the metropolitan areas were evaluated.

Many students who had metal detectors at their high schools don’t really feel safe on a college campus. Because metal detectors aren’t placed on college campuses, there is a lot more behind why students don’t feel safe than just that.

Kelly Catalano, a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), said she doesn’t feel safe on campus. She said, “I feel threatened by other students…and walking around at night isn’t the best either because of so many instances with people being attacked, killed, or raped [on campus].” She said she had metal detectors and security guards at her high school, but now, in college there isn’t too much of that kind of security. She also said that she feels the security is sufficient, but it doesn’t make her feel that it would keep the students around campus safe from any real threats. She believes that her campus needs more police officers patrolling the area on the weekends and at night.

Just because students didn’t have metal detectors does not mean they don’t feel safe on a campus. Sara Krull, a sophomore from IUP who didn’t have metal detectors but took other precautions at her high school, said, “Last year, early in the year, there were two gang rapes that occurred on campus and these were just the ones I knew about, there could have been more. I did not feel very comfortable about the area when I found out about these occurrences…” So where were the campus police when these gang rapes happened? Many students believe that there isn’t enough action being taken or simply isn’t enough security/police on their campus.

Freshman Jennifer Ziemianski from Carlow College, a mostly all girls college located in Oakland next to Pittsburgh, PA, said, “We are constantly hearing gun shots and when school started this year, three girls got mugged walking up the front steps. [The students] never go anywhere… There is a decent amount [of campus security] but I often find myself wondering what they are doing. We either see them eating or just hanging out, never really doing their job.”
Most of the girls at Carlow feel the same way. April Guay, a freshman also from Carlow, said, “There are many campus police but I don’t feel like they are doing a good enough job. Mostly you see them in the security office eating and watching TV.”

Senior Greg Bohall from Seton Hill University (SHU), a small liberal arts Catholic college about 45 miles southeast from Pittsburgh, doesn’t think that campus security does their job. He also said there’s only around five or six of them. Well, at SHU there are 11 campus police/security officers that no one seems to know about.

SHU freshman, Angela Kemp, said, “The only security person I know of is the one who drives around in the campus police vehicle.”

Another freshman from SHU, Amanda Hoffer, said, “[Campus security] is not around when you need them.”

Holly Meals, a freshman at SHU, said she doesn’t feel safe on campus and that there isn’t enough campus security. She said, “I hardly see them and if I do their just driving around.”

There were many calls made to the SHU campus security office for an interview, but no one was there for questioning.

Ever get shoved into a locker in your high school, locked in a closet your brother or sister pushed you in, or was just afraid of the dark when you were younger? Well, the locker and closet are just an exaggeration of how dark a college campus is, but there are complaints of campuses not being lit well enough at night. The fear of the dark that some people may have had when they were younger has been returning to campus residents. Guay said, “I think some of the stairways around campus need better lighting and the door off of Fifth Avenue [in Oakland] needs to be accessible for students at all hours. Now it locks to everybody at 6pm so students have to walk in the dark to the main entrance. Two people were mugged in that area not too long ago.”

Anybody can show up on a college campus. Even though there are locks on doors, those doors can be opened and passed through if someone wanted to break in that bad. Monica Mettrick, a freshman at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, said, “There has been only one time that I didn’t feel safe, and that’s when this kid that was stalking me got past the front desk numerous times and got onto my floor and kept leaving notes on my dry erase board.”
This sort of thing happened to Meals as well. She said that a boy she knew just suddenly appeared in her room and she had no idea how he got up there because she didn’t let him in. She said, “People can randomly come in whenever they want.”

According to a survey taken out of 25 men and 25 women at SHU, the women didn’t feel as safe. All of the men said that they did feel safe on their campus because it’s small, it’s not a high crime rate area, and everyone knows everyone. A few of them even said they feel safe because, “they are the most dangerous people there.”

According to the females, 3 out of 25 people do not feel safe, and one of them is Meals. A lot of the women said the same things as the men. They said they feel safe because the school is small and everyone knows everyone. Rachel Young, a freshman at SHU, said, “It’s secluded. The environment is trusting.” This is one of the reasons why location also has a lot to do with college safety.

Greensburg is a quiet little neighborhood and has a lot of campus security for being so small, but the campuses located in the city or other neighborhoods have the same amount of security as SHU and probably should have more.
On the Oakland campus of Carlow College alone in the year of 2001, there were 15 drug-related violations, 9 offenses of aggravated assault, and 2 forcible sex offenses. They also have 21 security/campus police officers. That is only 10 more than the SHU campus and their campus is triple the size and right in the city of Pittsburgh.

At IUP in 2002, there were 2 aggravated assault victims right in the residence hall and in 2001, there was 1 on campus murder. Tell me where campus security was when this happened?

There are many ways to make a college campus a safer place, there just needs to be more time involved in doing it. Mettrick said that she thinks campus would be safer if there were more police and more emergency buttons placed around campus.

Ziemianski said, “Add more lights to make the campus a more well-lit place and have guards visible…”

Lahnor Ridley, a sophomore from IUP, said that her campus would be safer if there were more lights on the side of the road, they provided more emergency phones, higher more police, and have protection programs to provide information on how to use defense weapons and such.

“There are many ways to improve campus safety and it should be done,” said Guay, “it just takes some effort. Why should residents have to go through four years of college feeling unsafe?”

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