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Students report night safety concerns to Senate, police


At last week’s Student Senate meeting, the topic of concern was the “creepy men” whom a number of students spotted and reported on Monday 26. 

Some students claimed these men attempted to get into sororities as well as cars parked outside the Greek housing. Student government is aware of these events and is working with UNK police to find a helpful solution.

Until a solution can be found, students are encouraged to call the UNK Police Department number if they feel unsafe. Campus police can help in tense situations by escorting students between classes and buildings.

Following this announcement, Wendy Shardt, a SafeRide program representative, informed the Student Senate the current status of the program. SafeRide was shut down after the arrest of the Kearney Cab owner.

While the program is not currently operating, UNK officials are still looking for other options to replace its role. 

Talks with new starting cab companies and the city trolley system are ongoing. This time, however, there is a heavy focus on student safety and making sure responsible and qualified people are behind the wheel.

Kiphany Hof, associate director of counseling, spoke on the newly available website for students called Togetherall. The nationwide site allows for people to connect and feel more empowered with people facing similar issues. Professionals also monitor the site.

Students can sign up for an account on Togetherall for free through their student emails.

During the cabinet report, there was mention of the campus coordinator taking a campus safety review walk. 

During the walk, the coordinator will be looking for areas of concern around campus that could impact students safety. The last time a safety review like this was conducted was 2016.

A new program has been implemented for student organizations around campus. 

Aside from safety concerns, students can nominate a student organization to be voted student organization of the month. Students can nominate any organization even if they are in it. Winners will be given free publicity by appearing on campus TVs.

Before the meeting’s conclusion, seven organizations had their constitutions approved, and two new court justices, Branden Peterworth and Shawn Peterson, were sworn into the Student Court. Hunter Hiatt was also voted into office as senator of the College of Education.

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