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By Paul Nasella
February 24, 2005

I have been a student at Cabrini College for the better part of a year-and-a-half now. In that time, I have heard stories about people having things stolen from their rooms and vandalism taking place. It wasn’t until recently that I have truly found out as to why this is possible. You see, I am a commuter student who is currently going out with a girl that lives in New Residence Hall. Since I’ve been going out with her, I have been able to slip into New Res without any problems in less then five minutes each time. There have been times where it has taken me less than a minute to get into the building.

After bearing witness to such easy access, I have become concerned with the security of New Res. I have become concerned because if a commuter student can slip right in, unnoticed, in less than five minutes, then that means that anyone can slip in practically undetected. This bothers me because I worry about my girlfriend as well as the rest of the residents’ safety. This to me is a major concern because if anyone can get into the building, then anything can happen, such as stolen property and vandalism.

As to what should be done about the problem, I’m not quite sure. However, I do feel that something should be done. There should be no reason as to why anyone can get into New Res so easily. I feel that if anything should be done, there should be an RA or a public safety officer at each door around the clock. By doing so, they would be able to keep tabs on who comes in and who doesn’t.

Not only that, but the person at the door can ask people for their ID as well as their status as either a resident or commuter. If the person being asked happens to be a commuter, they shouldn’t be let into the building without good reason and/or another person being able to vouch for them. This goes the same for anyone who is not affiliated with the college. I understand that this isn’t the nicest or most fair way of going about it, but keeping a large number of people safe isn’t an easy task as well. Anyway, by doing so the building and its’ residents would be a lot safer than they were before.

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