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Alleged harassment and theft in Brotz
Recent cases of harassment, theft, and other misconduct in Brotz Hall have left several female residents disconcerted and feeling as if their complaints are unheeded; three women desire to anonymously share their experiences and bring attention to their plights. On the other side of the spectrum, security personnel find themselves perplexed and exceedingly concerned at the news, stating they received virtually no reports in relation to the incidents.
The women all agree upon the necessity of adding keycard locks to pod hall doors or to restrict strangers access to specific floors by some other means. The root of every complaint is that unwelcomed guests have the privilege to explore any hall they desire upon entrance into the dorm area. The students feel vulnerable when these non-residents infringe upon the all-womens floor, many of them male.
One senior believes that a students floor should be a sort of sanctuary. The open-door policy [which prohibits a lock from being placed on pod hall doors] is
stupid. If we have to pay so much to live in a pod, then we should have a say in who comes in, she said.
One junior shared that two
male students gained access into the building so as to harass her and a few other women as they were enjoying a night in. Having had their door open to accommodate
them in the crowded little room, the men invited themselves in and proceeded to be verbally abusive, unwilling to leave when asked.
The men also allegedly
poured chemicals onto the floor and made several other attempts at damaging property. Witnesses expressed concern over the fact that a nearby RA watched the encounter unfold but did little to curb the situation.
The targeted junior feels as though she has exhausted the resources, but to no avail. Security dont do much in my opinion; the RAs walk into my room without permission, people keep having intimate relations without discretion in my room, and stealing my belongings, so I just dont care anymore, she said.
Despite her sentiments, the junior revealed she is utilizing the security resource to file harassment reports against the men for repeated offenses.
Another junior also agrees with placing locks on lounge and pod hall doors. There are locks on every other door, she said.
If you run to go potty, [random strangers] can catch the dorm door behind you and slip in
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Lakeland student plans to give the gift of hope:
Kayla Stevens, senior early childhood/elementary ed-ucation major, is planning something a little different from your average gift-giving ritual this upcoming holiday season.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, Stevens announced the beginning of her Ro Love Fundraiser via Facebook by saying, This holiday season, my goal is to raise 1000 dollars for The Ronan Thompson Foundation, a pedi-atric cancer charity. Serious ques-tion: what would I have to do to get you to donate?
Stevens has been deeply in-terested in the cause ever since she heard Taylor Swift sing a song called Ronan on Sept. 7. The song was inspired by the story of a young boy by the same name that lost his battle with childhood can-cer.
Stevens has done a lot more research since then. She read more about Ronan and his bravery in fighting his battle with cancer. He continued to celebrate life, to laugh, to brighten the lives of oth-ers even as his own life was being
stolen from him.Since her interest in the topic
began, Stevens has begun to fol-low the sto-ries of several other children with cancer. Their brav-ery inspires Stevens, who says, These kids are who I want to be when I grow up.
As Ste-vens broad-ened her research on c h i l d h o o d cancer, she was particular-ly floored by one statistic.
Did you know that pediatric cancer receives only 3.8 percent of all cancer research funding? says Stevens on her fundraisers web-page. Stevens aims to change this with her Ro Love Fundraiser for The Ronan Thompson Foundation.
Stevens is very passionate about the cause. When asked
what she knew about childhood cancer before she heard Swifts song, Stevens said, Its embar-
rassing to a d m i t how little I knew. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer in c h i l d r e n . Now that I do know, I wonder how I spent 21 years on this plan-et doing nothing to
change it.Stevens believes that others
might not treat the idea of child-hood cancer very seriously be-cause they think it wont happen to someone they know. But ac-cording to Stevens, seven children pass away every single day due to childhood cancer. I have no choice but to do something about it, she said.
But Stevens goal is more than just raising 1000 dollars this holi-day season. Her hope for a better future with a cure for childhood cancer is distinct. I want to in-crease awareness for childhood cancer, to be a voice for those brave warriors who have fought and continue to fight every day. Most of all, I want a cure. If we all work together, I know that we can make it happen in our life-time, she said.
As of the writing of this arti-cle, Stevens has raised 306 dollars toward the cause and is still look-ing to reach out to more sponsors. Sponsors can donate by going to www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kaylastevens/rolove.
Stevens encourages those in-terested in learning more about the cause to visit www.rockstar-ronan.com to read Maya Thomp-sons blog about her son Ronans battle with cancer.
You can also visit www.theronanthompsonfoundation.com to learn more about The Ronan Thompson Foundation, where Ste-vens fundraising results will be donated.
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Stoneboat takes on new style
Poets, writers, artists, and many people from the Sheboygan and surrounding areas gathered at the Paradigm Caf in downtown Sheboygan on Nov. 11 to celebrate the release of a brand new issue of the literary journal Stoneboat in an event that included readings of pieces from the new issue both by the authors themselves and others who were willing to fill in for those who couldnt attend.
Stoneboat is a literary journal based out of Sheboygan that has a very close relationship with Lakeland College given that its founder, Rob Pockat, is a Lakeland College alum, and Lisa Vihos, Alumni Director, and Signe Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of General Studies, both work on the editorial staff of the publication.
Lakeland College Studio Art Major Jake Belknap was just one of many said readers who filled in for absent authors. About the new issue Belknap said, Its nice,
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to steal your clothes, your hangers, or your twenty dollars, the junior said of her experiences with non-residents and the extreme cautionary measures she must take.
The student said that the installation of locks would not limit the access of Brotz residents because something along the lines of a keycard lock could be purchased that would only allow access to those who live in the building, such as the ones placed on the entrances of residence halls.
She said doing so would limit non-residents to certain confines, even if allowed in by someone at the main entrance.
The junior also expressed concern over a particular male non-resident who frequents the building. He came into my room acting suspicious while I was writing an essay. He left to go to the bathroom and I realized the 20 dollars from my backpack was missing, she said. Ive lost a total of 320 dollars this semester, and Im pretty sure hes taken it.
She took the issue to a residence life staff member only to be told they couldnt look into the situation as it would be incrimination.
The junior also said that
the offender has harassed her by violating personal space and refusing to stop when asked, resulting in her having to physically strike him out of discomfort. She has witnessed the man roaming the floor while intoxicated and making lewd gestures, she even heard rumors that he had physically pinned down a female resident.
The junior now wears a rape whistle and refuses to leave her appliances in the lounge or carry significant cash around campus.
Despite the various complaints, Director of Campus Security and Safety Annette Gamache said there were no reports in relation to any of the incidents, save one on the two men who were verbally abusive, which the RA witness wrote. Gamache affirms the incident was promptly taken care of, but even then there was no report of damaged property.
I have not had any complaints or inquiries about such, Gamache said, also mentioning neither her personnel, nor the residence life staff received reports and that the news of such occurrences was a surprise. I dont know who they are talking to.
Gamache also doesnt believe the women should have any reason not to report the incidents.
I dont know what they would be afraid of, Gamache said. We have an anonymous tip line on the security website, somebody is on security 24/7 and it is always accessible. I dont understand why they arent reporting or calling, even anonymously.
In terms of pod door locks, Gamache says, If we place a lock on the door, half of the pod would be locked out of the common area. There are two hallways to each pod: one hallway is before the common area and one a person needs to go through the common area to get to. By placing a lock on the pod door, half of the pod is excluded.
In any case, Gamache maintains that the best measure students can take is to utilize the security offices resources, as well as their tips presented at freshmen orientation.
In terms of possessions, Gamache provides her advice of If youve got cool stuff, lock it up and out of sight, out of mind.
Even in the lounge there are various cabinets and compartments in which important kitchen related possessions can be placed, and security is always willing to engrave items at no cost to the student. Also, if students report the items missing, there is a chance they will be returned as
security successfully reunited an expensive blender with its owner a few months ago.
Concerning the harassment complaints, Gamache said, If they call in anonymously and leave the room number and an explanation of the situation then we will most certainly take care of it. If they come to me and say this happens to a lot of rooms in my pod, but I dont want the guys to know it was me who said something for fear of retaliation, we can keep your name out of it and just talk to the guys.
There are a lot of different ways to handle things, but, like I tell my kids, if I dont know theres a problem then I cant help, said Gamache.
Security believes their system to be effective, and that their personnel are diligent. They consider every complaint and are prepared to combat any misconduct that may arise. However, they can only do so much of their own accord; it is vital for students to keep them informed. Meanwhile, the three female students feel thwarted. They continue to push for preventative measures so as to reduce the number of incidents in the first place, before they are stolen from or harassed.
I really like the new style. The new style Belknap is
referring to is the much larger paged and laminated cover that S t o n e b o a t d e c i d e d to adopt for this is-sue, as op-posed to the small-er, staple-b o u n d p u b l i c a -tions they used pre-viously.
T h e l a r g e r page for-mat en-hances the experience of reading through this journal, providing significant amounts of white space around the poems to let the eyes rest. With only one poem on each of these large pages, it grants each
piece a sense of exclusivity and importance.
More spacious pages also al-low for S t o n e b o a t to pub-lish more a p p e a l -ing, lon-ger pieces of prose. A photo essay by S t e p h a n M a z u r e k c o v e r i n g his trip t h r o u g h an Afri-can prison q u i c k l y comes to mind as
one partic-ularly powerful piece that would not have been published effective-ly in the smaller format.
The laminated and vibrant cover art of the new issue also greatly enhances the experience
and overall quality of the magazine. The reader really feels that what he or she owns is something of significance and importance as opposed to a paper-back issue with staples holding it together.
In many ways all the elements that make the larger format so appealing are perfectly complimented by the pieces in this issue. There are some excellent works in this issue and, compared to previous publications of Stoneboat, they seem to have a more important and powerful feel than that of any of the previous issues.
New issues of Stoneboat cost only 5 dollars. For the quality of...