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Let there be light!

My roommate stomped into the apartment the other evening clutching a wad of parking tickets and a scowl. She had just returned from the University of Tampa campus. I hardly needed to ask what the problem was, as she is a repeat offender in the parking department, but I love hearing about the ticketing woes at other colleges, considering the tab I racked up at SMU.

She was given a parking citation while sitting in her car, which I thought was a bit harsh. To be clear, I don’t furrow my brow at this because the guard was in the wrong. On the contrary, I’d like to congratulate UT on their outstanding parking enforcement. The thing that rubs me the wrong way is that my roommate has complained multiple times that she does not feel safe parking in the student garage at night and trekking across campus to get to class. I feel this is a legitimate concern, since the grounds aren’t very well-lit.

I feel that SMU has a similar lighting issue. No matter how many times I walked to the journalism lab at 5:45 a.m. to work at The Daily Update, I couldn’t help looking over my shoulder just to make sure there was nobody lurking in the dark while I booked it across the completely unlit quad. I did the same power walk/ look over the shoulder/ punch 911 in the cell phone just in case maneuvers when I walked home at night from The Daily Campus newsroom. If there were more lights, or even if the lights weren’t so dim, I probably would have felt more comfortable walking the quarter mile back to the sorority house.

According to UT’s crime statistics, from 2006 to 2008 there were 10 forcible sex offenses on campus. It can be assumed that this number is not entirely accurate, because many victims do not report assault. The fact of the matter is that anyone can walk on to the campus, a fact that should make women walking to classes late at night wary. In addition, a student was recently killed in a hit and run accident just off of campus. While he was off grounds, the student’s death should encourage school officials to take more precautionary measures where they can.

There are things that simply will happen on a college campus. The University cannot stop every crime. What it can do, however, is use some of the money it’s raking in from the heaps of parking tickets issued to put up more lights and emergency call boxes around campus.

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Goodbye, SMU

Southern Methodist University

I’m leaving campus and going back home
But I know I’ll miss this place, no matter how far I roam.

I know I’ll miss the grass, so green and so trim
And all those big fountains, where I’ve always wanted to swim.

I guess I’ll miss the dorms, though my room was quite small,
But how could I forget all those water fights in the hall?

And the food down in Mac’s Place,
And the time we drew all over that one kid’s face.

And I’ll always think of how I went Greek,
Though of all our secrets, I simply cannot speak.

We all would put pins on our chest
To show them off at night, even if we had a test.

How we would buy expensive coolers for boys
And fill them with Dollar Tree toys.

I wish I could relive all those Thursday nights out
Dancing the night away to that amazing song “Shout!”

The night Giddy-Up was actually there,
Which was great, we couldn’t afford cab fare.

I’ll keep the beads I caught in La.
On the weekend that we did nothing but play.

The eight hour trip we took in the car
To get to a city that is honestly way too far.

For all the bad songs that you just can’t hate
And all the late-night Pluckers I ate.

I’ll miss the Daily Update and that little white dog,
And all those early mornings, walking through the fog.

The late nights and early mornings with the news,
When all I really wanted to do was hit snooze.

I’ll even miss those squirrels that own the grass,
The ones that practically give you the finger on the way to class.

I’ll never forget Fondren, fourth floor
Though I’ve already forgotten the classes that were a bore.

But not the annoying kid who talked too much,
Or that the guy next to me almost gave him a punch.

I’ll miss the best friends I see every day,
I wish I could take them with me, back to Tampa Bay.

For all those times that I broke down and cried,
For all those times my friends were by my side.

When I couldn’t stop thinking everything was wrong,
And my roommate would put on our favorite song.

Even those times when my grades were rough,
Even the times when college seemed too tough.

I’ll miss the friend who got me though,
And the professors who showed me what I can do.

So after four years I’ll be tossing my cap
And you can bet I’ll cry like a sap.

So SMU, you know it’s true.
The thing I’ll miss the most is you.

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