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We should know about incidents off-campus

| Thursday, October 16, 2014

You may have heard that a student of Holy Cross College was a victim of a recent shooting on Notre Dame Ave. You may have heard through news or social media or your friends. But you most certainly did not hear from the University or from the Notre Dame Security Police. 

This lack of action betrays administrative incompetence, apathy or both. Off-campus students should know whether or not they can safely return home. People visiting friends or going to parties on the weekends should know what areas to avoid. Even if there is no continued threat, we have a right to know when one of our own is a victim so that we might support one another. This is the same disregard for student safety that left us unalerted to an attempted stabbing in a residence hall a few years ago. 

I suspect we’ll hear from the University soon; although student safety doesn’t seem to motivate the administration, controversy certainly does. In the meantime, I think we should ask ourselves: are we a University with an administration, or an Administration with a university?

Daniel Sullivan
senior
St. Edward’s Hall
Oct. 14

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