At the beginning of the 1988-89 school year the Leader posted an article about how safe the university truly was. Ann Burns, the head of public relations on campus, said that the rumors about the school being unsafe were not true and then gave statistics about how there were no murders, rapes, robberies, or assaults all of last year. A couple of weeks after the article a rape happened that not only shocked the school but also caused controversy by letting the accused student continue to go to classes because he wouldn’t harm anyone.
After the rape, the school seemed to try and crack down and make the school safer. Later in the year though, there were multiple incidents of older gentleman coming to campus to try and seduce students. There were holes carved in bathroom stalls in the men’s room so that someone could to view the other men. There was also a man who was caught spying on the girls’ showers in Nixon. Both of these articles had quotes from Burns saying how the school was going to prevent this from happening again.
Lastly there was a theft ring on campus where three students were stealing from both students and faculty. They were able to catch the students and the items they had stolen. In this article Burns talked about how they were able to catch the students and what will happen to them.
The reason I chose these groups of articles is because it is important to understand that while Fredonia is a great place, there is always room for improvement. We cannot get comfortable and make claims about how the campus is without trying to improve it. I hope these articles will help people realize that even now the campus needs to improve.
– by David Wild