Editor protests silence about thefts

By Kaitlin Barr
September 20, 2007

With all the recent thefts on campus, as a student, I feel I have the right to know what’s happening. Although I’m a commuter, I’ve lived on a college campus in the past, and I know how scary it is to possibly have your personal belongings stolen and to never be seen again.

Being a reporter for the Loquitur has broadened my curiosity in many different areas, so when another editor and I decided to find out more about the recent thefts, we wanted to tell Cabrini students the truth about what has been happening. When we were told by administrators in certain offices that they were “not allowed to comment,” we were shocked.

Not allowed to comment? Seriously? People’s personal belongings are being taken away from them, and officials have no information or quotes to give me? Wow.

Cabrini is keeping quiet, when they should be speaking out to their students.

Other universities in the area keep blogs about the crimes happening around campus. Advice to “watch your personal belongings and shut your doors” is unbelievable. We’re college students, not second graders; I think we know to lock our doors and watch our belongings. It’s not our fault if someone may have a master key to get in everywhere on campus.

I do understand public safety’s concerns with leaking information; if they gave out the wrong information there could be negative repercussions. However, there are serious thefts occurring all over campus, and students have the right to know.

The fact that there was $600 worth of equipment taken from Heather Shanley’s locked office in the communications wing, and all administrators can say is that students should be more careful with their belongings, is absurd.

After talking with other editors in chief on other campuses, and telling them our current situation with hardly receiving any information, they were blown away. They made a few good points, and one of them is this. Regardless of Cabrini being a private four-year college, we participate in federal financial aid programs for students

According to the Student Right-to-Know Act and the Clery Act, any college or university that participates in financial aid programs has to disclose information about campus safety policies and procedures and provide annual statistics of certain crimes occurring on campus.

Getting turned away from information to help the well being of the campus is ridiculous.

We’re not trying to make people look bad, like they’re not doing their jobs. All we want to do is report the news that affects Cabrini.

People don’t feel safe having no idea of what’s happening on their campus. Receiving an uninformative email that there were a few thefts around campus doesn’t give anyone assurance.

Hopefully we get some new information soon.

Kaitlin Barr

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