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Student Congress passes safety allocation

Feb. 16, 2001

Money will pay

for 8 crime watch signs near campus

By KARA WILEY

Staff Writer

Student Congress passed the first allocation in its Safety 2001 initiative Thursday. The $304.24 allocation from the Student Life Fund will pay for eight crime watch signs that will be placed around the perimeter of campus.

'It will replace existing signs that were put up five or six years ago with correct phone numbers that have since been changed,' said Baylor Police Chief Jim Doak.

Doak said the signs will remind students to call Baylor Police Department if they see something that doesn't look right.

'We are letting people know that there are several thousand pairs of eyes watching,' he said.

Congress' next step for improving the safety of students on and off campus will be the creation of a lighting task force who will petition for street lights to be placed in poorly lit areas.

Matt Flanigan, student body internal vice president, said the task force will have to fill out forms given by the city and then ask the owners of the poorly lit property to sign the petition. If the owner agrees more lighting is needed the city has two months to comply with the petition and put the necessary lighting up.

'It will be a lengthy process, but it is worth the effort,' Flanigan said. 'It is something that needs to be done.'

Student Congress representatives will also address an increase of lighting on campus. With the help of Rick Creel, director of operations, members of Student Congress will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in front of the Hankamer School of Business. The group plans to walk around campus and find areas that are poorly lit.

Flanigan said Creel will make the final decisions when it comes to more lighting on campus.

Student Congress also plans on addressing security at the McLane Student Life Center. Proposals to add lockers and security cameras will soon be underway.