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Security should know who’s on our shuttles

If you want easy access to campus as a non-student, the Quinnipiac University shuttle is your answer. As students head downtown after a long week of classes and work, they are excited and ready to have a good time. Potentially dangerous situations are not on the forefront of the students’ minds. Hundreds of students line up at the shuttle stop to get their Q-cards checked and begin their night.

By taking this precaution Security can control who has access to the shuttle system. Unfortunately, this is not the more crucial time to check Q-cards. At this time, Security is merely controlling who exits the campus. Therefore any person planning on causing distress at Quinnipiac would be on his or her way out. Security should be more concerned with who enters campus, rather than exits it.

The real danger lies in New Haven, where Quinnipiac students board the shuttle back to the Mount Carmel campus. In my experience, students are not asked for their Q-cards downtown. Usually the students are just handed plastic cards identifying their place on the shuttle. Security seems more concerned with getting the students onto the shuttles safely and quickly than monitoring who comes and goes. This practice opens up the campus to potential threats, as well as wrongdoers. Random people can pose as Quinnipiac students and bypass security altogether.

Likewise, QU students are not asked for their Q-cards when taking the shuttle back from the Hamden Plaza or North Haven Shopping Center.

“To be honest, I don’t feel that it’s very safe,” freshman Tara Fressle said. “They never check IDs, and I think that any shady person could have access to campus.”

As long as a person appears to be approximately college-age then he or she should have very little trouble getting back to campus.

The lack of shuttle security puts a damper on the hard work and dedication of Quinnipiac University Security. Security works tirelessly to ensure a safe campus. Their 24-hour services never cease to benefit the community.

“Extensive measures are taken by Security to facilitate a safe environment in this community here at Quinnipiac University,” Graduate student and Resident Assistant Jillian Giguere said.

Despite the many benefits of the shuttle system at QU, it also poses a major threat to campus safety and well-being.

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  • M

    Marcin MazurekOct 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

    This is true, however, is it going to limit alcohol consumption? Is it perhaps better to leave students (of drinking age) stranded and drunk, where worse things may happen?

    I’ll leave the “things” to your imagination, but I do agree that a “no drinking on the bus, your ass isn’t the one thats going to be mopping now is it?” policy would be nice.

  • L

    lolOct 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Well, i think this article is just FANTASTIC. Great work Calla Lord! Keep them coming!…Heather says hi. L0L

  • C

    Caleb GindlOct 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I’m in your shuttle, scaring your students.

    • J

      JacobbOct 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Hide your kids, hide your wife!

  • B

    BrianoOct 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Speaking of the QU shuttle,ought it be the mission of the university to deliver students to a nearby package/liquor store in order to facilitate the purchase of alcoholic beverages by the students? The shuttle waits while the purchases are made and returns the students to the campus and the consuming of said beverages commences. Is this how President Lahey wishes to have things run? Is it appropriate to abet the procurement of alcoholic beverages in this manner? I was wondering.