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Vandalism Down at Guilford; Plans for Improved Campus security
Vandalized cars, stolen license plates
and stereos have been the most recent
crimes plaguing the Guilford College
campus. Luckily, these crimes have been
few and far between.
Last year several stereos were stolen
from residence halls when students were
returning from spring break. There was
also a rash of car vandalism: windows
were broken and tires were slashed.
This year the crime around campus has
declined, as it has been doing for the past
three years. "I'm tickled pink," said Bob
White, director of Guilford College secu
rity, referring to the dropping crime rate.
The most recent security-related inci
dents occurred this summer when con
struction workers arrived drunk for work
Positive Outlook for Representative Judicial Boards
The new, revamped Guilford College
judicial system received its official start
last Sunday, October 7 as 18 students from
the Judicial Board, Academic Honor Board,
and Appellate Board met for an extensive
The new system is highlighted by more
student representation as a result of policy
changes and the Judicial Committee's
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Dick Dyer, assistant to the dean of
students /photo by Charles Almy
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and smoked marijuana while on the job.
Also earlier this fall, numerous license
plates were stolen from cars located in
residence hall parking lots. These crimes
have been the only recent ones to occur.
"Most of the petty crimes that occur on
campus are pure acts of vandalism, proba
bly done by high school students," said
With recent campus renovations, van
dalism occurring in the residence halls has
also declined. White has his own philoso
phy about students and residence hall
vandalism. "If you put people in a slum,
they will treat it like a slum. If you give
them something nice, they will treat it with
So far the new rooms in Milner have
received no reported abuse.
Because Guilford is expanding in both
academic endeavors and size, improved
selection of members for each board. The
Judicial Committee is a branch of the
Community Senate, and a new judicial
policy requires that each member of the
three Boards be approved by Senate.
"I have a lot of confidence in this new
system," said Dick Dyer, assistant to the
dean of students. "I think with Senate's
involvement the Boards will now be more
student representative and diverse."
The new judicial system and policies are
a result of more than a year of evaluations
and proposals from the Judicial Review
Task Force, which was charged by Presi
dent Bill Rogers to find a more effective
and workable judicial system at Guilford.
A major component of the Task Force's
work centered around improving the Judi
cial and Academic Honor Boards, as well
as student involvement and representation
within the system. The Task Force also
closely examined the appeals process, the
question of election versus appointment of
judicial board members, and the stiffness
of penalties for violations of the judicial
The 1989-90 Senate voted to implement
several of the Task Force's final proposals
in the spring of 1990. Included in these
proposals was the increased role Senate
would play in selecting new board mem
According to the revamped process, the
campus security is becoming necessary.
"We want people to feel as secure as
possible without making [campus] feel
like a prison camp," said White.
Security improvements that have been
considered include better lighting around
campus, especially in the parking lots and
behind Dana Auditorium, and the installa
tion of drive-up security phones in parking
lots —where students in need could pull up
to the phones, touch a button and talk
directly to an emergency switchboard in
the Telecommunications building.
By moving into the new telecommuni
cations building, security will be able to
offer a 24-hour switchboard operator and
Other ideas for security improvements
include the pinning shut of Ist floor win
dows in residence halls having central air
conditioning. This would force a would
Senate vice president chairs a Judicial
Committee which is responsible for se
lecting student members of the Boards.
The Judicial Committee chooses members
by first making an open call for nomina
tions, then selects qualified applicants by
examining formal written applications and
Last Sunday's training seminar marked
the first official function of the new sys
Training seminars were also imple
mented in proposals by the Judicial Re
view Task Force last spring.
"The training seminar was a definite
improvement from last year," said Jen
nifer Brooks, a sophomore Appellate Board
member from Raleigh, North Carolina.
"The discussions were student-oriented and
much better organized from the previous
Said Dyer, "It was our concern that since
the new Boards would be more representa
tive of students, we had an obligation to
ensure that students would receive train
ing in issues beyond just questions of poli
cies and procedures."
Dyer also said that the training of the
new board members will help the judicial
system receive more credibility and re
spect from the Guilford Community.
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be thief to break out the whole window,
thereby drawing more attention. A type of
alarm-delay panic hardware may be in
stalled on residence hall entrance doors,
preventing the doors from being propped
open and thus al lowing anyone to roam the
floors of the halls. If a door were propped
open an alarm would sound both in the
residence halls and at the security switch
board. A guard would then be dispatched
to the hall.
"We are trying to move toward a secure
campus and still retain a warm, homey
atmosphere," said White.
In recent years the amount of walk and
drive-in traffic on the campus has greatly
increased. This is due partly to campus
expansion, and partly to the heavy traffic
drawn by the YMCA on campus. Because
of the rapid rate of growth the campus is
experiencing, the idea of professional
security guards has been an issue in exami
nations of campus welfare.
A professional security staff is the next
possibility for improved Guilford secu
rity. White said, "I am very much an
advocate for continued student roles in
security; they know the students, build
ings, and campus better than anyone."
White said that he would like to see
student security guards paired with profes
"Students can deal with the students;
outside people who come in is where we
need professional guards," said White.
All the ideas for improved campus secu
rity are open for community discussion.
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