Senate discusses campus safety
Jessica Merdes | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Student Senate gathered Wednesday evening to discuss safety on campus and how it is addressed. Many members of the senate attended the safety summit on Tuesday that collaborated with the NDSP.
Student body president Lauren Vidal discouraged students from traveling in the South Bend area unaccompanied.
“One of the most alarming things that we were presented with at the summit is that 80 percent of incidents happen when students are walking alone throughout South Bend,” Vidal said. “We need to watch out for each other and work to promote the overall safety of students.”
Over the past five years, Student Senate has worked to strengthen the relationship between students and the South Bend police. According to Vidal, crime rates involving students, which usually involve alcohol-related incidents, have dramatically decreased.
“The key is to have respectful interactions with the officers,” Vidal said. “Rather than running away or making excuses, be honest and show respect.”
Other topics of discussion included the quad markets for Oct. 10. More details would be finalized as the event approaches, Vidal said.
Ashley Calvani, representative for Cavanaugh Hall, brought up a concern about the allocation of financial aid for textbooks.
“The textbook financial aid was moved from the jurisdiction of the rectors to the general financial aid office,” Calvani said, “However, many girls in Cavanaugh have stated that the financial aid for textbooks is no longer a part of their packages.”
The group decided to look into the issue of financial aid changes and discuss it in the future.
At the meeting’s end, Elle Huang, representative for Howard Hall, raised the concern of the limited display for 9/11 on the Notre Dame campus.
“Many people, especially those from New York or Washington D.C., feel like a campus wide moment of silence or another act of respect would have been a good way to acknowledge the thousands of lives lost on 9/11.”