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ISSUE 120 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/6/2006

Security concerns

By Emelie Heltsley
News Editor

Friday, October 6, 2006

Early Saturday morning, the day of St. Olaf's annual Fall Concert, residence halls went on 24-hour key-card after an unidentified male entered a room in Rand Hall, was confronted by the residents and ran out.

According to Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Pamela McDowell, residence halls went on 24-hour key-card because of Fall Concert concerns and the incident's similarity to last year's string of burglaries.

While this incident and last year's string of burglaries are not thought to be related, it was enough to concern Public Safety and Residence Life staff.

"It seemed too similar to last year," McDowell said.

McDowell said that security in residence halls is always increased during the weekend of Fall Concert and other times when large groups of non-St. Olaf students will be on campus.

"I'm not worried about our students partying more, but about groups of roaming non-Oles," McDowell said.

According to McDowell, because this year's concert came earlier than previous years, Residence Life staff are less likely to recognize every resident in their hall and be able to prevent non-residents from entering halls.

Furthermore, increased weekend traffic and the sheer number of visitors can make it difficult to keep residence halls free of intruders without being on 24-hour key-card.

McDowell stressed that thefts rarely happen from locked rooms, reminding students to lock their doors whenever they leave.

Fall Concert, which featured the band Motion City Soundtrack, was successful despite the incident. The Pause Concert Committee counted 1022 ticket stubs from the concert.

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