Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Never Like to Hear About Violence on a College Campus

Two people were killed on the campus of Virginia Tech today.  This is the second time that tragedy has come to this fine university.  On April 16, 2007, a student, Seung-Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people and then himself at Virginia Tech.  Since I work at a college on a campus in an urban area, I never like to read stories like this.

NJIT where I work is in the University Heights section of Newark just west of  the downtown.district.  Sadly, Newark has had more than its share of urban problems over the years.  Perhaps, it never completely recovered from the riots of 1967.  There has been much revitalization of the city with a performing arts center and the Prudential Center.  Crime has not gone away.  Public Safety at NJIT does a fine job at preventing crime on the campus, but they can't cover every square inch of territory.  There have been some robberies on or near the campus, but no murders.  Let's hope for safe college campuses everywhere.

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