When I was walking over to my room tonight, I saw three different people with flashlights, that’s how dark it is on this campus. I used to go for night runs because it was so much cooler when the sun went down, but there were large strips of campus so dark I couldn’t see a foot in front of my face.
I’m not the most coordinated person, so the fact I wouldn’t trip all over myself in front of the President’s house is impressive. What’s more impressive is the fact that I haven’t been sexually assaulted all the nights I’d be walking alone at night.
Two of my roommates have to walk back to the dorms late at night due to night classes or work. Instead of making the long trek back in pitch darkness, they’ll wait on us to come pick them up or call someone while they do walk back.
My keys find themselves poking out between each of my fingers even on the shortest of walks. Picture a broke college Wolverine, and that’s me once the sun goes down (didn’t know I was a superhero, did you?).
I basically went into hibernation once winter came around with how early sunset would happen. I’m not afraid of the dark per say, I’m afraid of what is lurking in it.
And those red emergency poles that the University Police Department always raves about? I’ve seen like three on campus, and one is way out in the middle of the really big parking lot behind Mesquite. What good is that one? You guys have a lot of faith in me if you think I can run that far that fast before something happens to me, assuming the emergency phone even works when I get there.
Sometimes, the street light will go out right as I’m walking by. When it first happened, I’d start looking around for Dumbledore, now I start walking even faster (so basically a flat out sprint at this point).
I know motion sensor lights are a thing, but doesn’t that mean they turn on when there’s motion, not off? I feel like this campus might have it a tad backwards…
Every girl I know has some sort of protection when it comes to walking at night, whether it be a knife, pepper spray, sonic grenade, or a bodyguard.
We are all taught to be aware of our surroundings and how to defend ourselves, but the real issue is we need to evolve to have night vision. Or we could just install more light posts. Either, or really.
It wouldn’t be that hard to add more lighting to the campus (I can say that as a fact as I’m an engineering sophomore, and I obviously know what I’m doing). Yes, it could be expensive at the start, but it sure would save a lot in the long run when it cuts down on all the sexual assaults. So what’s stopping us?
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