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Increased violations point to first-years, raised awareness

College Public Safety’s 2010 Security and Fire Safety Report, which appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Linfield Review, revealed an increase in alcohol and drug violations and sexual assault offenses from 2008.

The majority of alcohol and drug violations happen in residence halls.

However, sexual assaults are harder to pinpoint because they are anonymously reported. Even so, “the highest reportable rates have been at the fraternities,” Robert Cepeda, chief of CPS, said in an email.

There are several factors that have led to increases in alcohol and drug violations and sexual assaults on campus.

The first is that this is the largest number of first year students Linfield has had since the last Security and Fire Safety Report, and first-year students typically have more alcohol violations.

As for drugs, marijuana use has increased on college campuses nation- wide, Cepeda said.

The increase in sexual assaults can be attributed to “better awareness of anonymous report forms and better education of students from CATS and CATS Booster Sessions,” Cepeda said.

To lower these numbers, the school will “continue education, prevention efforts around alcohol, drug use and sexual misconduct,” Cepeda said.

Although these issues have become more prominent on Linfield’s campus, they are problems that affect colleges and universities across the nation.

“According to a study conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, [it] found 17.4 million Americans were using marijuana in 2010, up from 14.4 million users in 2007,” Cepeda said. “Marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 25 was found most responsible for the rise. Drug use among college-aged students has jumped from 19.6 percent in 2008 to 21.5 percent in 2010.”

Cepeda said that when a policy violation occurs, the report is “sent through the College Conduct Process found in the Student Code of Conduct.”

“While any increase in policy violations are concerning, given the factors that lead to the increases, they are understandable.

“The college will continue to work with students to provide education, alternative programming and enforcement to help reduce these violations,” Cepeda said.

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Violent student attacks spark CPS safety re-evaluations

Thompson Park, where senior Zach Spencer was attacked on Oct. 22. Joel Ray/Photo editor

It was about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, and senior Zach Spencer “thought [he] was going to die.”

Spencer was one of the two students involved in violent attacks, which were reported by Campus Public Safety to have occurred last weekend.

Robert Cepeda, chief of CPS, sent an incident notice to students on Oct. 24, explaining the two assaults.

“Both of these off-campus incidents are currently under active investigation by the McMinnville Police Department, which has law enforcement jurisdiction,” Cepeda said.

Spencer was at Thompson Park on the day of the incident and was on the phone with a friend. A couple of seconds after hanging up, Spencer said two men came up from behind him and began to attack.

He said that he made attempts to fight back but “[he] couldn’t square up or even turn around.”

He said that at this point, the attackers had full control over his life.

“They ripped my shirt and were just completely controlling me, then they slammed me into the ground and smashed my head into the ground really hard,” Spencer said. “They threw a beanie over my head and said ‘If you make a sound, we’ll shoot you.’ [They] got me on my knees and at that moment I thought I was going to die.”

Spencer said that the attackers suddenly “grabbed the beanie and took off.”

“I just collapsed to the ground and didn’t want to look because I didn’t know if they were there,” he said. “I just didn’t want to move.”

Eventually, he picked himself off the ground and walked home.

The two men didn’t take anything from Spencer, so their motives are still unknown.

The motives were also unknown for the assault on senior Kole Krieger, who according to the incident notice, was attacked at 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 23 near Davis and Chandler streets by three Hispanic males with a baseball bat.

Krieger was taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center for a head injury, but has since been released.

CPS is not releasing any further information about the incident and efforts to contact Krieger for more information were unsuccessful.

In a campus safety update sent to all students by Susan L. Hopp, vice president of student affairs and athletics and dean of students, she highlighted the actions CPS plans to take to heighten security in response to the incidents.

CPS first plans to modify its patrol of Davis Street, which Cepeda said “for security reasons, we prefer not to divulge details of our procedures, but we will be bolstering our presence in the area.”

They will also work with the McMinnville Police Department, ASLC and the City of McMinnville to explore ideas, such as developing other types of patrol, providing taxi services for students and adding more adequate lighting on Davis Street.

Although Spencer said that this experience has changed him, his “sense of security is fine,” and he doesn’t see much that needs to be changed through CPS.

“They can’t really change much besides patrolling certain areas more,” he said. “I still feel safe walking around by myself. But when I see a group of girls walking around at night [and knowing that] they think nothing can happen to them, I know I thought nothing could happen to me, too. I just want people to be more aware. Campus safety can’t be there every second.”

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Campus Public Safety improves service with use of new golf cart

A few notable changes have been made to Campus Public Safety this year. They have had some improvements in their equipment, including a new golf cart.

Robert Cepeda, director/chief of CPS said that he hopes the cart will help CPS to improve their service to students on campus.

“Using a golf cart allows staff to traverse the inner campus easier, provide door-to-door courtesy rides and patrol the campus in a more proactive manner without the restrictions associated with a street vehicle,” he said.

Cepeda said that CPS had money set aside last year for the cart, but wasn’t able to find one that met their requirements. This year, they were able to find the funds for the cart.

“The department was able to purchase a golf cart from a reputable second party that had no further use for it at substantial savings,” Cepeda said.

With the help of the new equipment, CPS plans to continue their professional training focused on emergency management and preparedness this year.

Andra Kovacs/News editor

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