Daily Archives: November 18, 2008

Locked up for L.O.C.K.U.P.:

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Effective de-escalation skills. Training for multiple assailants. Weapon retention. These were just a few of the topics covered during a weeklong combat program for neighboring police forces, hosted by the University Public Safety from Nov. 10-14.

The Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply (L.O.C.K.U.P.) combat program teaches immediate control tactics that can stop a situation from escalating. It is based on skeletal manipulation, ensuring minimal injury to both the suspect and officer.

Kevin Dillon, a retired Wethersfield, Conn. police lieutenant developed and teaches the course to a variety of law enforcement officials all over the country, including police officers, security guards and military personnel.

‘L.O.C.K.U.P. is the only recognized police system in the state,’ said Dillon. ‘All Connecticut police academies teach this.”

The program is designed to be very easy to learn and teach by utilizing simple but effective measures. It greatly reduces the need for officers to carry sticks and batons, according to Dillon.

Officers are taught verbal techniques and effective communication skills. Other topics include risk management for confrontations, legal aspects of use of force, report writing, controlling and managing fear and ground tactics.

Participants in the instructor’s program included two University Public Safety Officers, along with members from the Bronx Police Dept., Newtown Police, Veterans Police in West Haven, Sikorsky Aircraft, Hamden Police and Sacred Heart University Public Safety.
Patrick Cleary, a Fairfield Public Safety Officer, participated in the week-long program and compared the course to some of his training as a Marine.

‘It was an intense experience. We were on the mat eight hours a day practicing moves with little break,’ said Cleary.

One of the days included environmental training, where the class did their work outside in the rain. This is to give the participants practice in realistic settings, said Cleary.

After completing the instructor’s course, Cleary will now teach the L.O.C.K.U.P. program to the rest of the Public Safety Department at Fairfield. According to Cleary, once a month, the department receives training in different areas, and this program will be incorporated.

‘I think it’s good to have this program here. It dramatically drops the risk for myself and the aggressor,’ said Cleary, stressing the importance of officers knowing how to protect themselves.

Cleary recommends this program to other universities and thinks that, ‘every law enforcement aspect should be trained in this program at minimum.’

Some students, such as Mary DeSanatas ’11, are appreciative of this training, but do not see it as primary concern of the University, especially with average crime rates decreasing overall.

‘If it was a bigger school with more of a crime rate, then I can see spending the money,’ she said. ‘In since there is a decrease [in crime] I don’t see the reason.’

Yet, students have said that they feel safer knowing that our public safety officers are receiving this training.

‘I don’t think you could be more careful,’ said Beth Masterson ’09.

‘I feel more protected to know that Public Safety officers are being well trained to keep situations at a safer, less violent level,’ said Kaitlyn Chase ’10.
Dillon is also very pleased with Fairfield’s security.

‘I am very impressed with this university and the level of training and professionalism along with their concern with their students and officers.’

Campus crime beat 11/20/08

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This week will mark the beginning of towing chronic parking offenders, contact parking office if you are on the list or think you may be.

Tuesday, Nov. 11
7:49 p.m
. A burglary in a residential hall was reported. The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
2:49 p.m.
A reckless operation of a vehicle was reported. The violator was a Prep student – they were reported to Prep administration.

Thursday, Nov. 13
4:07 p.m.
There was vandalism to University property in Canisius Hall. Graffiti was written in the bathroom. The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, Nov. 14
1:20 p.m.
A StagCard was stolen from the Barone Campus Center.

5:54 p.m.
A narcotic violation was reported, the Fairfield Police Department was called and students were referred to judicial.

6:02 p.m. A hit-and-run occurred in the Kostka Hall parking lot. An investigation is ongoing.

10:17 p.m. Graffiti was reported in an elevator in Dolan Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 15
12:31 a.m.
A criminal trespass warning was issued to non-student for noncompliance.

11:01 a.m. Water run off from the roof of Campion resulted with water damage to a students room.

11:44 a.m. Water and mud entered the Early Learning Center, maintenance was called for cleanup and repairs.

Sunday, Nov. 16
10:16 p.m.
A burglary was reported to have occurred in a room in Dolan Hall, investigation is ongoing.

2:18 a.m. One arrest for narcotics and four criminal trespass warnings were issued; the Fairfield Police Department was notified.

5:00 p.m. The theft of an iPod from a room in Gonzaga Hall was reported.

Monday, Nov. 17
1:00 p.m.
Two Prep students were arrested for a narcotics violation. Fairfield Police were called and the Prep administration was notified.

Model UN’s fifth annual high school conference

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The Model United Nations Club is hosting its fifth annual high school conference this Friday, Nov. 2 . The conference is organized for high school students from the surrounding areas, from schools as close as Trumbull to as far as New York City. This year, 200 hundred high school students are attending to debate a variety of topics and issues.

The Model UN team has been working diligently on the conference since last spring, brainstorming ideas and creating stimulating topics for debate.

There are eight committees in total in Fairfield’s Model UN that each consist of a chair and a co-chair. The committees include the World Bank, the Organization of American States, The Peacebuilding Commission, the United Nations Human Rights Council, the European Union, and the Russian, Chinese, and United States Cabinets, which are debating a futuristic topic of World War III. Each committee prepares interesting situations and crises to keep the high school delegates excited and interested in the topic at hand.’
The Model UN high school conference is a full day event in which high school students get the chance to debate and meet other students. Furthermore, it is a way to get Fairfield’s name known to prospective or interested high school students.

It is also a learning experience for both the high school students and the Model UN members because it is a way to learn how the United Nations works and become familiar with parliamentary procedures.

‘This year’s FUMUN High School Conference is a great chance for high school students to be introduced to real world simulations of international affair,’ said FUMUN Member Nazar Kamenchenko ’10. ‘The benefit of this conference is in that it provides for students a solid basis and a stepping block for later conferences to come.’ The conference is also fun for us, chairs and co-chairs, to interact with high school students and to get them excited about what we enjoy doing – being part of and participating in Model UN.’

Each year is a learning experience for the Model UN club. Hopefully in the years to come this conference will be a force to be reckoned with.

Jesuit Roundup 11/20/08

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Santa Clara University

Four students at Santa Clara University recently began Bronco Bikes, a campus-wide bicycle sharing program in which students can borrow a bike to ride from classes or to other destinations off campus.
After paying a $5 rental fee, which goes toward bike maintenance, students can use the bikes for the rest of the day. A central online database is used to track bike usage, so that the creators of the program are able to determine the popularity of the system, and decide how to improve their program. Though there is some doubt among students about whether the program will succeed, the creators are optimistic; Bronco Bikes will begin with 30 bicycles, but the creators hope to expand as the program continues.

Source: The Santa Clara

Georgetown

Georgetown alumni attacked over flag

Two Georgetown University alumni were attacked shortly after midnight on Nov. 5, while walking near the Republican National Committee election night celebration in Washington, D.C. Zack Pesavento and Steve Kensinger, both members of the GU class of 2008, were attacked by an unidentified man as they walked past the building in which the party was being held.
Kensinger was carrying a rainbow flag ‘- a recognized symbol of gay rights ‘- when the attacker lunged out, began choking Kensinger and attempted to take the flag out of his hands. Pesavento intervened, and none of the men were seriously injured. Alcohol and frustration over the loss of his party’s candidate are thought to have fueled the attacker’s violence.

Source: The Hoya

Loyola University

Public safety practices live shooter senario

‘ In an effort to increase public safety, Loyola University’s Campus Safety Department recently conducted a drill mimicking a live-shooter situation in an academic building. After arranging four ‘shooters’ in unknown locations throughout the building, Loyola Campus Safety officers were sent in to quell the situation without the reinforcement of Chicago police officers.
By forcing campus officers to deal with the scenario without backup, the officers were forced learned new ways in which to deal with live shooters and violent scenarios without aid, as would initially occur with a first response to such a situation. The Campus Safety Department, Chicago Police Department, and the Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team were all involved in the two-day drill.’

Source: The Phoenix

Project Derelicte:

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A crowd gathered in the Lower Level of the Barone Campus Center for Project Recycle on Friday, a fashion show meant to educate college students about the environment and display snazzy clothes made from recyclable materials such as plastic, bubble wrap and newspaper.

In sticking with the theme, even the BCC was littered with environment-friendly trash: cardboard boxes were taped to columns, and the runway was covered in shredded paper and outlined in plastic soda bottles.

Organized by the Healthy Living Floor of Campion and the Student Environmental Association, S.E.A., it was an entertaining event for both the participants and onlookers.

The display of student-made clothes was probably the only highlight of Project Recycle. Student models walked down the steps of the BCC and onto the runway, each to their own theme song, strutting their stuff in entertaining ways.

The first to appear were the Glamour Twins, as Yolehema Felican ’12 and Antquanette Chisolm ’12 were referred to, sporting big newspaper skirts, gray tank tops and black leggings.

Next was Taylor Callahan ’12, outfitted in sheer plastic wrap and a skirt made of numerous candy wrappers; hers was an eye-popping number, as it was the only article of ‘clothing’ containing color. Soon to follow was Gabby Arens ’12 and James Matthews ’12, paired as a married couple in matching material outfits crafted out of sheer plastic wrap and discretely placed duct tape and newspaper, so as not to expose the two. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

Last was Cicily Collazo ’12, dressed in a cocktail-type dress made of bunched newspaper and green foil. All the outfits were well made, considering that the materials used to make them rip easily.

Following the presentation, Project Recycle turned into an odd sort of beauty pageant with Joe Ginese, Assistant Director of New Student Programs, asked what contestants would do to save the environment and why we as a population should save the environment.

During an interlude, Grant Miller ’10, an RA from Campion, rapped about the environment in his poem called ‘The Deep End.’

Based on numerous trivia questions, outfits and the contestants’ behavior, a winner was chosen; Callahan became queen of Project Recycle and was awarded a garbage bag cape and paper crown for her efforts.

Most people enjoyed the event. The models were able to work the crowd and keep them entertained.

Those involved with Project Recycle felt that it was very successful and that the message was delivered. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

According to Marie Valente ’12, designer of Callahan’s dress and part of the staff who organized the event, the residents of Healthy Living Campion ‘were trying to inform everyone about recycling in a fun way.’

‘I think it went really well,’ said Michelle Smith ’12.

‘It was both entertaining and educational. I was glad to work with S.E.A.,” she added.
Bradley Fay ’12 added, ‘I think its grand.’

‘James [one of the models] is amazing and I believe he may be wearing silver spankies made from duct tape,’ Fay added.

If environmentally-friendly fashion is the way to go, and it involves duct tape spankies, than the students have much to anticipate.

Show me the money:

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After being documented by a Resident Assistant, you realize the coming weeks will be occupied by checking your mailbox, hitting the four button in the Barone elevator and forking over more of your money to Fairfield University.

After being documented by a Public Safety officer, students are often required to perform community service, take mandatory online and in-person classes, placed on some kind of warning, and more often than not, pay a hefty fine.

Fines are ‘a payment to the University or to an individual for unacceptable behavior or physical damage caused,’ according to the University handbook. It goes on to say that the money is not a part of the University’s general fund, but is used to cover the direct cost of repairs or restitution associated with replacement items.

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Tom Pellegrino said he does not track the amount of fine money collected and mentioned that the direct amount to repair damages is also different from restitution payments.

‘The fines do not go into the general University fund and are also not related to the direct cost associated with the repair or replacement of an item that is broken,’ he said. ‘I do not track the amounts taken in as a matter of practice, and that monies collected do roll over.’

Pellegrino said he thinks monetary fines have a place in the system of responses to conduct that includes ‘punitive, educational and reflective components’ and that ‘the fines are and remain proportionate to the behavior in question.’

Many students around campus agree that the money should be tracked, but differ over the question as to where the fine money should be put toward or if they should even exist at all.

‘They should definitely be held accountable for the money,’ said Evelyn Saiter ’11. ‘There are definitely a good amount of fines during the year that would make for a large amount of money that should be accounted for.’

‘I don’t think they should fine students to begin with,’ said Pat Meehan ’12. ‘But if they are going to continue, then the money should be recorded.’

Many students also commented that instead of the fines returning to the University, which is thought to already receive a substantial amount of funds, the money from fines should be put toward toys and canned goods for food pantries.

‘The fines should be given to local charities in need,’ said Kaitlin Farrelle ’12. ‘Students should be able to buy either food or toys for the equivalent of their fine instead of the money going back to the school.’

‘I know some of my friends only buy food and toys and don’t pay the fines,’ said Christine Ruane ’10.

‘I think the funds should definitely be put toward charity; the school doesn’t need anymore money.’