A matter of safety

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Kristina Wyman

This topic has seemed to come up a lot lately in conversation: safety at Assumption College. We have always known that there is the “one way in and one way out” safety feature that is at this school. The entrance has a gate system, but the question people have is, “Is it really safe?” Perhaps this is a bigger topic of conversation since the recent clown hysteria. You know, those rumors that clowns were going to come onto campus? Yeah. That rumor.
If you drive you may have noticed that the gate system has been inconsistent lately: how one minute we have to use our IDs to get the gate to go up, and the next there is a gate guard to let us in. I like having the guard there; he/she provides an extra reassurance that the gate is being watched and not just anyone is being let onto campus. The gate guards are important and the Campus Police are currently looking for another guard who can be there more often. The only other problem is that with the inconsistency, the gate also just goes up at random times without the use of an ID during the day sometimes. That seems to be a key part of complaints from students who think that if you can just go up to the gate and it opens, then how safe can the school be?
I personally feel pretty safe, but others may think differently. I never feel uncomfortable or in danger at this school. Even if the gate goes up without ID or gatekeeper prompting, I just haven’t felt unsafe. There are always plenty of students and faculty around, as well as emergency phones around campus. Campus Police also does a good job of going around the school throughout the day. I constantly see them making their rounds to all buildings and common areas at multiple times during the day and evening. I personally feel safe on campus, but with all other factors and clown hysterias, do you feel safe?

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