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    Re: “Stony Brook Campus Safer Than Some Believe”

    To the editor,

    I have just read Arielle Brechisci’s recent article, “Stony Brook Campus Safer Than Some Believe,” in the April 24 issue. This was actually the first article I’ve read from Statesman since I entered Stony Brook University, and I really liked the examples and statistics Brechisci provided in the article.

    The title of the article drew my attention right away because of its timeliness, proximity and because of it contains human interest.

    I believe the security and safety of the campus is a topic that all the students and faculty on campus are concerned about, especially after the “gunman scandal” in late February.

    Before reading this article, and just by looking at the title, I expected there to be a lot of pro-type support for the university. To my surprise, however, it contained both pros and cons about the campus’ safety. Her statistics seemed fair and unbiased for me, and made me trust her writing.

    In the beginning of the article, the interview with Douglas Little, the Assistant Chief of Police, was reasonable and convincible. It was much better and fairer to let a police officer report about campus safety than a professor or a student.

    Moreover, she mentioned the e-mail and text message notifications sent on the day the “gunman” appeared in February. The article said that we need to sign up for the security notifications on the homepage of SBU or we won’t receive anything.

    I didn’t receive any alerts of the “gunman” and I just heard about the scare from my friends. I didn’t think too much about it because I figured the university did not have my e-mail address or phone number. However, after reading this news, I realized I need to sign up. So, this information was really useful to me.

    Basically, this is a well-written and useful article.

    Although there are still some crimes involved on campus, after reading this story I found that the university is actually trying its best to improve the security and safety gradually. Therefore, I decide to trust my campus and give it more encouragement, instead of condemnation.

    Danni Liu is a sohphomore at Stony Brook University.

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