Junior Ring planners emphasize safety: Campus Safety to officers enfornce increased security, no re-entry

Posted by Audrey Nelson & Bradley Morris

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 5 the Junior Class Council will host a Disney themed Junior Ring Week. The week's events will lead up to the main event, the semiformal dance, which will be held in the big gymnasium in the Sports Center on Saturday, Dec. 4.

"Our slogan for this year's Junior Ring is ‘Junior Ring 2010: Where the Magic Happens,'" Junior Class President Melvis Langyintuo said.

Events began on Dec. 1 with the Tree Lighting Ceremony, where several of the college's a capella groups performed.

Continuing with the Disney theme, the Swimming and Diving team's meet against Union College on Dec. 3 was dubbed Finding Nemo. The men's hockey match against Bowdoin, which also took place on Dec. 3 was called Ice Princes.

In response to the events that occurred at Moorebid Ball on Halloween, Director of Campus Safety Dennis Conway said that Campus Safety officers are collaborating on ways to make the semiformal a safer event. "We are going to increase the presence of security officers," Conway said.

The administration and Campus Safety have made efforts to relocate social events to locations that promote increased security. "We are not going to have anymore events in Case Center. Any event like Moorebid Ball will be moved to the Sports Center, as the layout [of Case Center] makes it harder for security," Conway said.

Conway did not disclose the number of officers that would patrol the semiformal dance.

An ambulance will be stationed outside the Sports Center in case there is a need for immediate medical attention.

This year's semiformal will also instate several restrictions, including a no re-entry policy, to monitor student alcohol consumption.

Campus Safety officers will confiscate any packages, bags or bottles, and there will be a mandatory coat check on the main floor.

"We had a meeting with a group of people from my staff. We're going to have student workers and several of our officers at the event. EMS will be on-site for this event in case anyone gets exhausted," Conway said.

Drinks and snacks will be provided inside. There will also be a beer garden to serve those of age with a campus-event card and a proper state ID.

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