Security Is Breaking In–Wait, What?

I’m sitting on the north lawn right now surrounded by Sarah Lawrence smokers at 9:30 on a Sunday night. This is a fairly innocent set-up, and yet security is posted a good 15 feet away from us on the road. Is this overreacting? On one hand, I guess it’s not fair to the rule-abiding or otherwise loop-hole finding student body, but thanks to a select few abusing the privileges we have attained on this campus, security doesn’t have any other option. They have to get serious. To sophomores and above, this new strictness of campus 5-0 is weird and unfamiliar, and so are numerous people getting taken away in an ambulance from a dance and the Blue Room being shut down due to physical assaults. Not to mention the fact that we have a flasher on the loose. However, even with these variables it’s still notably frustrating to returning students who are now at risk of losing their housing because of the constant patrolling securing has been doing in hill house and all over campus.

Maybe it was our class. I mean, come on, let’s be real here: 2010 hasn’t necessarily been the best behaved group of students that this college has ever seen. Countless parties last year were rolled through by security, though there were plenty that didn’t get busted. Going into the 2011-2012  school year with this lax state-of-mind, we were totally unprepared for the precautious days to come. I’ve already seen about 10 people get smoking tickets, most of them ignorant freshmen, but I’m not convinced that the department for campus safety and security is completely in the right.

The other night my friend, who happens to live in a 3-person hill house apartment, woke up to get a drink of water. He and both his roommates were definitely passed the f*ck out. Not because of any party, but because it was literally the middle of the night. As he leaves his room, he sees security in his apartment: they had let themselves in claiming to have received a noise complaint. Really Sarah Lawrence Security? Obviously my friend was a bit confused and rightfully managed to avoid a ticket. Because he was asleep. As were both his roommates. Couldn’t they hear, or rather not hear the complaint-worthy noise busting out of the apartment? And since when is it okay for security to just open your door in the middle of the night?

Security, please get your priorities straight. I understand why we need more protection at the blue room. I’m not trying to get jumped, or punched, or sent away in an ambulance for whatever reason. What I’m pissed about is the invasion of privacy, the breaching of the silent rule between campus police and its students– the benefit of the doubt. If that’s not a silent rule security was aware of, then maybe it’s time students sat down and talked to the staff, and not when they’re trying to talk their way out of a ticket.



Sincerely your hipster sister,




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Ellen Winter hails from Washington, D.C. where she indulged in frequenting various clubs, house shows, theaters, field concerts, and spy museums. She is super stoked to be a part of the SLCspeaks team and looks forward to exploring the arts and music in New York with a new lens. Through years of in-depth research, she has concluded that black coffee, an everything bagel with cream-cheese and a side of bacon is the most delicious breakfast ever to be invented- there is no counter argument.

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