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College students often think of campus security as a threat. The general public fears authority; citizens believe that police are primarily out to arrest rather than help.
On Oct. 21, a 12-year old boy in Nevada brought a gun to his middle school, killed a teacher, a student and in the end, himself.
There was hardly any news coverage, most people were unaware this tragic event happened.
When it comes to social media, people post about lost souls until another bad thing happens and they forget about the original problem. The Nevada shooting is constantly being compared to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place on Dec. 14, 2012, where one man killed 26 people, most of which were innocent children.
In Nevada, the boy killed himself after he committed the shooting. People often focus on the murderer’s madness and the victims are often tossed aside, but in this case no one is sure whether to blame the boy or to pity him. Both massacres ended in the killers taking their own lives, their suffering caused physical and emotional pain to others.
The media always searches for a person to blame. It is always someone who made the killer do it or the victims who could have antagonized the crime, but society is never blamed.
Guns were taken to places with a lack of security, and people who shouldn’t have died found themselves at the end of black barrel. Easily, this could have been our beloved college.
With an open campus and unlocked academic buildings during workday hours, anyone with a weapon could’ve entered a classroom and released fire. Luckily, Linfield’s Campus Protection Services patrols at all times ensuring the safety of its students.
As a student make use of CPS’s 24-hour coverage; there are conveniently placed call boxes around campus for a good reason.
CPS’s phone number is on every Linfield ID card, which goes to show that they are willing to help you at all times.
Although Linfield takes precautionary steps to ensure safety on campus, you never know if you in the presence of a maniac.
But do not listen to media’s idea of a maniac. In a high stress environment like college, you never know when someone will crack under all the pressure.
Anyone can be having an internal struggle, even a minor. As an individual, you should be that kind of person that either helps others before it is too late and remorse is inevitable.
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College Public Safety recently purchased a new vehicle and received iPhone upgrades.
The operating budget allowed it to purchase a Toyota RAV 4 to replace its current vehicle. CPS decided to replace the vehicle because of the high costs that were attached to maintaining it.
“The former [CPS] truck was reaching the end of its service life and was becoming increasingly unreliable,” said Rebecca Wale, director of College Public Safety and Environmental Health and Safety.
CPS partnered with Facilities Services to share the previous vehicle. Facilities can use it on a daily basis, but CPS can still borrow it if needed.
“[It] has more interior space, and is easier to park safely on campus,” Wale said. “[The new car] is also safer for passengers with airbags and safety features, such as anti-lock brakes.”
Inside are seat covers and mats that help make it a comfortable ride. There are also emergency supplies in the car.
In addition, the vehicle is 64 percent more fuel-efficient and contributes to Linfield’s sustainability commitment. The officers sometimes drive up to 70 miles per day when they perform their daily tasks.
“A reliable vehicle is important to make sure that CPS is responding to emergencies,” Wale said. “It is important the officers can respond quickly and safely.”
CPS also received new iPhones with its phone upgrade, which allows officers to receive emails while on duty and have connection to the main office.
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Linfield College’s Public Safety (CPS) and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) operations have undergone a merger.
Effective Sept. 1, the merger made Rebecca Wale, director of EHS, acting director of CPS as well.
Wale was hired in June 2011 as the director of EHS. Last spring, she accepted an additional interim assignment as director of CPS, following the previous director’s April resignation.
The merger was never announced to students, so it just came to light for most of them. In an email, Linda Powell, senior director of Human Resources and College Safety, explained it this way:
“Due to her expertise across multiple disciplines, we found considerable efficiency, and increases in collaboration, communication and attention to matters of safety, by bringing together the previously separate departments of EHS and CPS.”
Powell said Wale was appointed to the role because of her experience with emergency management leadership, as well as private security leadership and emergency response.
She is certified by the federal Department of Homeland Security to train college and community emergency response teams. She also has previous experience in college campus safety, in which capacity she worked with community fire and police agencies.
“I am so pleased to have Rebecca Wale—a consummate safety professional, who supports Linfield’s commitment to a safe educational, living and working environment—leading Linfield’s safety programs,” Powell said.
According to Powell, the merger merely formalizes a role Wale assumed in April when she stepped in as interim director of CPS.
At that time, Wale met with members of the Student Senate, Powell said. And she has since participated in various student-focused activities, such as resident adviser training.
“The formalization of her role was communicated to staff and faculty as part of a larger announcement, and centered on employee issues,” Powell said. Asked why students weren’t notified, she termed it “certainly something for the college to consider going forward.”
Wale declined to comment, deferring to Powell.
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A Linfield student was threatened by her ex-boyfriend, prompting her to file for a restraining order against him Nov. 1.
Freshman Laura Jean Lichit’s restraining order was approved, prohibiting McMinnville resident Zachary Ryan Spencer from coming within 150 feet of campus. The need for a restraining order rose after Lichit broke up with Spencer after coming to college, she said.
Spencer then began to send her obscene and threatening text messages, at which point, Lichit felt that obtaining a restraining order was the best thing to do to prevent Spencer from contacting her, she said.
“I wanted to take every precaution,” Lichit said.
Spencer is a 5’6,” 20-year-old Caucasian male who is often seen wearing a baseball cap.
Spencer has a barbed wire tattoo around his neck and shoulders as well as a skull tattoo on his right shoulder.
If seen on campus, students are advised not to contact him and to call 911 immediately.
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Students, faculty and staff voiced concerns and asked questions regarding campus safety after the latest campus incidents during a Community Safety Forum sponsored by the Associated Students of Linfield College on Nov. 2 in Riley 201.
Apart from ASLC, Dawn Graff-Haight, professor of health education; Jeff MacKay, associate dean of students; Robert Cepeda, chief/director of College Public Safety; Ron Noble, chief of the McMinnville Police Department; Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities; and the school’s area directors and residence advisers (RAs), were also present at the discussion.
The forum, which was facilitated by Graff-Haight, opened the floor for students to express their feelings and concerns about the student assaults that occurred last month. Students were encouraged to ask questions about the incidents, as well as about the college’s response, Graff-Haight said in an email.
One issue that students raised during the discussion was that the email sent out to parents about the assaults was not clear enough.
ASLC Vice President senior Bradley Keliinoi said that the emails about the incidents could have been sent earlier. Students heard about the assaults through word-of-mouth before the administration had sent anything.
Other students agreed and said that the information in the emails was confusing and vague.
Some of the RAs in attendance said that when approached by students in their dorms, they did not have enough information to give them about the incidents.
Another concern students brought to the forum was a lack of lighting on and around campus.
Keliinoi said that the street leading to the new development area is pitch black at night, and many students have to walk home.
MacKay addressed this by saying that the school does not control the lighting off campus. But, he and Cepeda maintain a good relationship with the city and have sent a request to check if Davis Street is up to standards. He also clarified that anyone with lighting concerns can send a request to the city.
CPS also offers rides to students. Cepeda said the service has been underused so far, and he clarified where CPS’s boundaries are.
Students also suggested creating a cab service for students who go off campus. ASLC President senior Rachel Coffey said that ASLC is looking into it and that students would probably have to pay a small fee.
In the meantime, Noble said that Davis Street is being closely watched, and officers are on overtime patrolling.
Noble also said that students should contact the McMinnville Police Department when they see things happening.
“I think an interesting point brought up during the forum was that there has not been much information provided to the police about the incident,” Graff-Haight said in an email. “[Noble] encouraged students who witnessed the incident to come forward so the police have more information with which to investigate. He acknowledged that students might have been reticent to come forward out of fear of being cited for a MIP. Chief Noble was quite clear that there is no chance that students could be cited, so they should definitely call police if they were there.”
Noble said that although it is up to the discretion of the officer, it is often a matter of priorities. He said that officers often are in the area for other calls, unrelated to students drinking on campus.
Noble stressed that the McMinnville Police Department is not out to get Linfield students. And, calls can be anonymous and confidential.
“It is my hope that the assaults nearly two weeks ago were isolated incidents,” Graff-Haight said. “I’m pleased about the increased presence of police on Davis Street, and I encourage all of us to look out for each other, to be a little more vigilant and if any of us see something that is questionable, we call CPS on campus and the Mac PD when we’re off campus.”
For more information about what was discussed during the Community Safety Forum, visit www.linfield.edu/linfield-review/?p=8560
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