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Campus safety is in the hands of the students

Editorial

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 22:10

 

With homecoming weekend in our rear-view mirror, it’s a better time than ever to settle down from all
the festivities and look at our campus community from an internal perspective.
 
Around 4 a.m. last Thursday, Buffalo State issued a safety alert to all students and faculty after a few
students were robbed at gunpoint at the Tower 2 residence hall. Three men entered a room on the tenth
floor armed with a silver handgun demanding money from the residents.
 
This crime joins a series of frequent criminal acts that have occurred at or near Buffalo State this school
year.
 
I was speaking to a professor of mine who commented on the situations occurring around campus and
he told me that this year is one of the most criminally active years he’s seen in his tenure at Buffalo
State. The first semester of the school year is just past the halfway point, and it seems that every
weekend something else is happening on campus.
 
Most ask why this is happening. The blame can be divided up in a variety of ways.
I believe what the college has done in response to the crimes is great. They are handling the problems
well.
 
They have amped up security. I saw campus police roaming the halls late at night in my freshman
dorm, Porter, which is something that until this weekend I have not seen.
 
Homecoming weekend could have played a part in the security but I don’t think it can be a bad thing to
see that kind of UPD involvement in dorms every weekend.
 
Buffalo State preaches diversity and it has come to be known as one of this colleges most defining
characteristics. That being said, I think it is important that we acknowledge the problems that can occur
from so many mixing personalities and backgrounds.
 
Personally, coming from a small town background to an urban setting like this, I am not necessarily
accustomed to seeing this kind of crime. Where I live, we're sheltered from crime in a way. Our
nearest “city” is 25 miles away so it has been difficult for me to realize these crimes are being
committed so close to home.
 
We need to come together as a campus and not allow this to happen anymore. This involves simple
things like always walking together after dark, or locking your doors and windows when leaving your
room or apartment.
 
I know it can be easy to think every person you meet has good intentions but the harsh reality that we
have to face is that there are 13,000 young adults on this campus who are coming from various walks
of life. Problems are bound to happen.
 
I applaud all of the authoritative action being taken on these crimes from our school officials and police
officers. However they can’t always be there to save us from problems that could occur on campus.
 
The most important step in solving crime on campus starts and ends with you, the student, and
sometimes the littlest acts can make the biggest difference.
 
Ryan Esguerra can be reached by email at esguerra.record@live.com.

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