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ASMC talks cameras

February 3, 2012

In its first meeting of the semester, Associated Students of Monmouth College discussed the possibility of installing security cameras on campus. The issue, which the body first discussed in late September, has been proposed as means to increase security and reduce vandalism and theft.

“I’ve never heard the amount of calling for cameras that I’ve heard this year,” said ASMC President Alex Holt. “This year I hear RAs saying it. I hear students saying it. I’ve heard you guys say it.”

Holt noted that the idea of installing  security cameras has met with mixed reactions.

“I will tell you, I’ve had administrators come to me and say, ‘if somebody said “do cameras” I would have cameras in a month because I have the money for it and we’re totally onboard,’” said Holt. “But then there are other people who are saying, ‘No cameras. No cameras. We don’t want them in our school.’”

“It is something that we’re willing to push for, if it’s something the student body wants,” said ASMC Vice President Katie Shipp.

Some concerns were raised about the practicality of installing cameras across campus.

“It’s an absolute nightmare,” said Sen. Liz Keturi (Mortar Board). “The time it would end up taking the school to go through it, you have to go through it all the time.”

ASMC plans to use online surveys to gage student interest in various campus issues.

The chamber also plans to hold a logo design contest to help improve its visibility on campus.

The Parking and Broadway Safety Committee plans to make a proposal to the college for the creation of a crosswalk on Broadway.

Other actions the chamber took Tuesday night:

• Announced that Einstein Brothers is now open 4 to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

• Discussed putting more printers in dorms.

• Discussed creating air-conditioned areas in all residence halls.

• Announced that Anime Club will be hosting a Valentine’s Day sweethearts dance.

• Announced that Alpha Xi Delta will be conducting a male beauty pageant called Xi Man on Feb. 24 to help raise money for Autism Speaks.

• Announced that Mortar Board’s last lecture series will take place Feb. 16, 26, and March 1 and will feature professors Simon Cordery, Annika Hagley and Nicholas Dobson.

• Announced Scotsmen will be selling singing valentines the week before Valentine’s Day.

Wesley Teal
News Editor

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