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Volume A.2. No, 1
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Toliver speaks on improvements
Frank Toliver, Jr., Vice-President for Financial Affairs, relaxes
for a moment from his busy schedule. Pic. Ishmael Smith
Campus gets face-lift
By Gelize Ferguson
As the students of St.
Augustine’s College returned to
campus to begin the 1993-94
school year, they were greeted
with a campus which appeared
to have had a face-lift.
The campus is entirely
fenced-in, the security force has
increased, more lighting has
been placed on the campus, and
one main entrance has been es
Ernest Lee Adams, direc
tor of public safety and a secu
rity officer at St. Augustine’s
College for 27 years, said, ‘The
improved seciMty measures will
increase safety on our campus,
and are assets which will assist
the security guards a great deal
in living up to our responsibil
ity, which is to protect the cam
pus of St. Augustine’s College.”
The security measures
were implemented to monitor
visitors and decrease the num
ber of crimes that occur on the
Students are aware of the
reasoning behind the security
By Tonetta Spencer
Frank A. Toliver, Jr. was
Saint Augustine’s College
bound from the start. His father
was the head of the Teacher
Education department, and his
mother was chair of the English
department many years ago.
Toliver himself, who is an
alumnus of Saint Augustine’s
and aRaleigh native, has worked
at other institutions, but now
finds himself back at his alma
mater as the Vice-President for
Financial Affairs.
When asked about the
changes he has made to the
campus since taking office,
Toliver said, “All of the
changes that have been made
on campus were done to im
prove the quality of life for
students, as well as faculty and
staff. We [administrators] have
the students' best interest at
heart,” he said.
Among the many changes
are a 12 foot fence around the
campus, better lighting, im
provements in the cafeteria, and
the recruitment of more public
safety officers.
“As with any project.
money is the main issue at any
school. Our spending to make
thechangeswas budgeted. We
spent over $600,000 on main
tenance and repairs,” he stated.
Toliver said students
bring in a large amount of the
school’s $21 million budget
through grants, scholarships,
and federal funds, but Presi
dent Robinson also raises over
$1 million a year. The 1993-94
school budget was reduced be
cause of low enrollment, which
is ^ problem with most of the
methods, but some say that the
fencing around the school is a
little extreme. Yvette Miller,
senior, business administration,
says, “ There should be more
entrances on the campus, be
cause these conditions can lead
to a fire hazard. A way to work
around these two issues is to
utilize the security booth which
sits in the middle of Lynch and
Atkinson Halls.”
Danielle Green, sopho
more, English, says, “ Security
has improved, but there should
be identification checks for ev
ery person who comes on our
campus, at every entrance, so
that security can know the num
ber of visitors on the campus. If
ID checks are started, then the
entrance at Lynch and Atkinson
Hall can be reopened.”
Adams and the security
staff are aware that the students
want more back entrances to
the campus. Adams explained,
“ The entrance at Lynch and
Atkinson Halls was closed be
cause the residents of the male
dorms were vulnerable to visi
tors.” Adams attributes most of
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Newly erected 12-foot fence at the back gate of Saint Augustine's College campus, as part of security
measures to protect students. Pic. Ishmael Smith
the crimes on campus to visitors
to the campus.
Students who reside at
Washington Terrace, which is
outside of the male dorms, feel
inconvenienced by the entirely
fenced-in campus, because they
can only enter the campus from
the front entrance of the school.
Adams highly recom
mends the shuttle services,
which were implemented to
transport students from Wash
ington Terrace, Glascock, and
Addison to the main campus of
the college.
“This can help prevent
some of the violence towards
our students off the campus,” he
said. Adams made a reference to
the shooting of two St.
Augustine’s College students,
which happened on Delaney
Drive, last year.
With these new security
measures, students enjoy more
visible security at events and
activities on the campus, and
can use more telephone lines to
contact security.
Adams emphasized that if
further changes are needed, then
other measures will be taken.
“Students should give these
measures a chance to succeed,
and this can only happen if stu
dents help security protect the
campus and its residents,” he
Students can contact the
security switch board by calling
(919) 516-4640 or 516-4392.
Perspectives , 2
* Criticism of new policy
News 3-5
* Policy sparks national
* Washington Terrace
closed to students
Arts/Entertainment 6-7
* Raleigh's International
* An improved voile'
team this season

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