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Editorial

Somber crime report calls for dire warning

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September 30, 2011

We are only a few weeks into the semester, and in light of all of the crime that has been reported thus far on campus, it seems pertinent to discuss how important it is to be a respectful and civil member of the River Falls community.

In the last week alone, eight bicycles have been reported stolen on campus. In some of the incidences, a bike lock was not utilized. Regardless, posessing even the faintest trace of morality would prevent someone from stealing. Or at least we hope so.

Last May, Professor Brian Smith’s car was vandalized, and the $1000 reward to apprehend those responsible still stands. This act of vandalism is as disruptive as it is appaling. Brian Smith, along with all professors at UW-River Falls, should be treated with the respect they deserve.

The 2010 Annual Campus Security Report, which is available on the UWRF website, explains the precautions that should be taken in the event of a crime, fire, medical emergency, or safety hazard. The report also provides data on the number of crimes that have occurred over the last few years, as well as where and how to report an incident. Incidents of underage consumption are also reported far too often. According to the report, from 2007-2009 the average number of on-campus liquor law violations is 159 per year. Underage consumption is a misdemeanor, an offense that will result in a hefty fine and will likely stick with you for the rest of your life.

The Student Voice does publish the names and fine amounts of those charged with an underage consumption violation, which are transposed to the Internet. What happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet.

We here at the Voice are shocked by the all of the negative occurrences at UWRF, and wish to encourage students to think before they act. Think in terms of your future career, of those affected by loss of their possessions, and of the society as a whole.

A place is defined by its people, and the UWRF campus and community should foster caring, honest, virtuous individuals. We hope that all members of the community can take pride in living in River Falls.