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PUC students can sleep securely

By Kali Porzel
On October 18, 2011

PUC officials are continually working on making the campus safe for students and faculty. On the evening of Oct. 12, the entire campus was walked to make sure that lights, cameras and other safety concerns were met during the annual Campus Safety Walk. The walk brought to light the changes that have improved campus life, as well as the problems that still need to be fixed.

It was brought to the attention of the PUC Police that students are afraid to get hit when pulling out of the parking lot because the north to south route does not have to stop. To resolve this issue, the possibility of a four way stop sign in the 173rd street parking lot was discussed.

The 173rd street traffic light was also discussed. Students crossing the street are often faced with impatient cars turning in front of them or getting angry when they miss the light. A possibility of a four way stop while the pedestrian walk is in use is going to be considered and brought up to the city of Hammond.

Throughout the walk, notes were made to add lights to the Fitness Center and near the Gyte building. The concern was that the area around the bushes was not adequately lit. It was also noted that lights could be added to existing light poles in the parking lots around campus.

The lighting around the Anderson building was a concern last year and Abbas Hill, interim director of housing and residential education, was pleased that the corners of Anderson looked better due to the additional lights.

By adding these lights, the campus police are able to make sure that students and faculty have a better lit pathway and safe walk to their cars or home.

Chief of Police Anthony Martin helped explain how the emergency blue light stations work around campus. The emergency button is pressed and while it rings the campus police headquarters, a location is given to let the police know where to go looking for the emergency. Someone at the police station will answer to find out if there is an emergency and police will be dispatched accordingly. After the button is pressed, the blue light on top of the station will start flashing to help further assist police in the emergency.

Knowing how to use the emergency blue light station is helpful to any student and faculty member. The safe feeling that the stations bring keeps students and faculty at ease when walking the campus at night after a long day of classes and work.

Chancellor Keon was in attendance and expressed his delight with the walk.

"It gives the opportunity to look at areas on campus that could be hazards," Keon said.

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