Crime Prevention at Wayne State University

Safety Precautions and Ongoing Issues

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The Wayne State University Police Department. Photo Courtesy of: Sydney Canty

Wayne State University has had some crime issues lately, like any campus. WSU police do their part by patrolling the campus around the clock and sending crime alert emails to students and faculty when an incident occurs. According to the Wayne State University Police Department, 3 robberies have taken place this semester on campus, one of these robberies including an abduction.

Campus Safety sends out emails to students and faculty about crime alerts.

The campus safety emails always include what crime occurred, when it occurred and a description of the assailant(s). At the end of the email, there is a list of ways students and faculty can help prevent or decrease their chances of being targeted as a victim. This is just another way that the WSU police are trying to keep students and faculty safe from harm.

 After the most recent crime alerts that took place in September, October and November, some students have decided to take precautions they deem necessary for their on-campus safety. WSU Junior Atalaya Adams says she seeks out the campus police to escort her on her route home after work.  

WSU Police will escort any student where they need to go if they are asked. They also have emergency telephone stations throughout the campus. There is a little red button on the station that you push when you need assistance and you can talk to an officer using the station and they can locate which station is being used.

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One of the Emergency Telephone Stations on WSU’s Main Campus. Photo courtesy of: Sydney Canty

The WSU police not only patrol the campus but also surrounding Midtown areas. This map shows a few locations where they patrol.  

 

Despite all the efforts WSU police have been taking to ensure that students are safe, there are still ongoing issues with campus safety right on the main campus. According to the WSU Police Homepage, 8 rapes were reported in campus housing over the last year and 9 rapes were reported on the main campus. Other departments have to step in when WSU Police don’t catch everything. Shanice Leach, Domestic Violence Victims Advocate for the Detroit area, says she has helped WSU students with certain crimes they have been victims of.

 

Sometime after the rape incidents on campus, a new program called the Rape Aggression Defense was created for students. Rape Aggression Defense is a 13 hour program where women are taught special techniques used to handle their aggressors, safety tips, avoiding situations and more. R.A.D. offers instructor certification courses, as well as basic and advances courses. More intense levels of the program include weapons defense options, keychain defense options, and aerosol defense options. Domestic violence seminars, teen seminars and resisting aggression with defense for men are also offered.

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Photo of Undergraduate Library on Wayne State University’s campus. An Emergency Phone Station can also be seen in the photograph. Photo courtesy of: Sydney Canty

WSU Sophomore Alicia Stephens says she would still like to feel a little safer on campus. “I see the police driving around on campus like everyday but we somehow still receive those scary campus watch emails. I don’t see how crimes keep happening kind of back to back like this on our little campus and I just need the police to really handle these situations better.”

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WSU Police car on campus. Photo courtesy of: Sydney Canty

Other safety programs that exist for students include a Street Smarts Personal Safety Seminar. This seminar teaches students how they can avoid being a victim and is a free seminar. Orientations are mandatory for all new students, transfer students and faculty. During Orientation, all who are in attendance are informed of the WSUPD’s phone numbers, safety programs, common crimes and how to avoid them and any questions and concerns attendees may have.

WSU Freshman Nairee Anderson says she has seen the good and bad when it comes to campus safety. “I definitely feel like there are some crime issues on this campus that need to be addressed but not just with outsiders who come to our campus to victimize us, but with actual students too. This is a nice school and I’ve seen the police handle some things and that’s good but I’ve literally witnessed people stealing from other students and running away. I’ve seen them abusing each other and drugs and alcohol right in the open on campus too. It makes me feel like I need to constantly be looking over my shoulder and it really shouldn’t be that way.”

Training sessions for active attacker situations have been created and the police have been working to arrest the people responsible for the robbery and abduction crimes committed on WSU’s campus.

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Twitter photo courtesy of Wayne State University

 

 

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Twitter photo courtesy of Local 4 WDIV

 

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Twitter photo courtesy of Hunter Pollack

 

Just like any other college campus, Wayne State University has some issues with crime, but the WSU police and other officials are working to decrease the amount of crime happening on campus.

If you would like to view the statistics about crime on WSU’s campus from 2014-2017, please click on my Timeline.

 

Housing Rates Pushing Students Out of Midtown

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Photo taken of The Union at Midtown Apartments. Photo: Sydney Canty

High Midtown Rates

Wayne State University students cannot pay Detroit’s housing market costs and are being forced to live elsewhere. The average cost for living in a one-bedroom apartment in Midtown is one-thousand one-hundred dollars a month. WSU Junior Kelly Dunbar has been affected by the renting cost in the housing market. “I used to live in The Plaza Downtown where my rent was fourteen-hundred dollars which was already way too high, but I had to move out because my rent kept going up,” said Dunbar.  “Before I left, it was approaching sixteen-hundred dollars. My friend still lives there and the rent is nineteen-hundred dollars for a one bedroom right now. That’s literally insane,” she said. Compared to other universities, housing costs for off campus apartments near WSU are on the higher side. WSU student Courtney Hewitt says it’s hard to pay the rent at her midtown apartment:

On campus housing for WSU, however, is lower in cost than other universities. Western Michigan University’s housing website has released the costs of on and off campus housing in Kalamazoo. A one-bedroom off campus apartment at The Wyatt for students of WMU costs about 740 dollars a month. On campus housing for students of WMU averages at about nine-thousand dollars a semester. The University of Michigan’s housing website also has information regarding the cost of on campus housing and some off campus housing in the area. An off campus apartment for students at the U of M seeking a one-bedroom apartment costs about 745 dollars at Arbor One Apartments. On campus housing for students of U of M averages at about eleven-thousand dollars a semester. The WSU housing website shows that housing for students averages to about six-thousand dollars a semester. Some students are discouraged to live on campus because they believe the cost is still too high. WSU sophomore Bryan Hill says “I lived on campus in Towers my freshman year and it was great. I probably couldn’t do it again though because it was way too hard to pay the housing bill,” said Hill. “I’d love to live on campus again if I got like a scholarship or something,” he said.

Other students say the conveniency of being able to live on campus is what was important to them. “I had to move off campus after the fall semester last year because my housing bill was just too high,” said WSU sophomore Jasmine Noyes. “I live in Rochester so the commute here is absolutely brutal. I didn’t really care about anything other than the fact that I didn’t have to make that commute but now I do.” The housing issue affects the campus environment when less students choose to live on campus. Many students agreed that if housing was more affordable, they would live on campus. WSU freshman Greg Stephens says “I’m so mad I can’t live on campus. That’s an experience I won’t even get to have unless they bring the costs down.” WSU junior Laya Adams says “As soon as the prices drop I’ll live on campus with no problems!”

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Photo of Atchison Hall on Anthony Wayne Drive at Wayne State University. On Campus Housing. Photo from: Google Images

 

Campus Crime Timeline

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Photo provided by Google Images. Posted by: Sydney Canty

I created a  timeline of campus events for Wayne State University. My timeline covers events about the crime that has occurred on Wayne State University’s Campus. I looked at crime reports on the Wayne Sate University Police page and used the crimes that were most recently reported between 2014-2018. The crimes I focused on were drug abuse, liquor law violations, rape and robbery.

There was no real consistency between these violations, the numbers were up and down over the years. Some reports were made in 2017 that actually occurred in 2016 which complicated the end results for those years. The Wayne State University Police page keeps track of every single campus violation that was made in one year along with, student housing violations, public property violations and off campus violations/crimes that happened in close proximity.

The official 2018 crime report has not been released yet, however students and faculty have received emails from WSU Police updating them on any and all crime that happens near r on campus. These emails are always very detailed, including information about where the crime happened, when it happened, what time, who it happened to and what can be done to prevent yourself from falling victim to any crimes in the future.

Check out my Timeline here!

CTRL + Z: The Right To Be Forgotten by Meg Leta Jones

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A paperback of the book, CTRL+Z: The Right to Be Forgotten  by Meg Leta Jones, Photo by: Sydney Canty

This book by Meg Leta Jones is about social media, privacy, how you can protect yourself on the internet and digital information stewardship. She discusses how internet users don’t have any privacy and how important it is to be aware of that.

This podcast is a review on the book CTRL + Z by Meg Leta Jones. This podcast is hosted by Sydney Canty and Tiffany Jones. We talked about why we picked this book to critique and how it relates to the way society is run today. We touched on major points the author made and gave our feedback on those points. Our podcast mentions what CTRL + Z is, what effect the book had on us and examples from our own lives to relate back to the book. We talked about the helpful information in the book about social media, especially for the people in our age group.

We brought up how millennials are constantly on social media and should read this book to educate themselves on the lack of security on the internet. We briefly discussed the strengths and weaknesses we found in the book. There’s some humor in our podcast and we talk about which parts of the book were harder to understand than others. Tiffany and I gave our opinions on what we thought about the book as a whole. At the end, we concluded the podcast with information on how our listeners can learn more about the book.

Other people who have read the book and reviewed it feel that Jones has made her points in her writing.

“However, the right to be forgotten is not exactly what it seems. It is about a right to have information erased; but in the digital era, erasure does not mean total oblivion. This book addresses how we as a society, and in particular our lawmakers, should manage the boundaries of privacy and reputation.”

The London School of Economics and Political Science 

 

“The legal and moral implications require a rethinking of much of what we take for granted, and Jones is plugged in to many of the conversations. Her perspective on the question of privacy is thoughtful enough that I’ll return to Ctrl+Z in next week’s column. Suffice to say that she is not prepared to call for an autopsy, just yet.”

Scott Mclemee

For more information on Meg Jones or her book, please visit Megleta.com

Korean Pop Music in America

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Asia Mart on Wayne State University’s campus.

According to Grammy News, in major U.S. cities such as Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, K-pop concerts have sold out venues seating 1,700 to 2,500 music fans. In 2011 the nine-member dance-pop group Girls’ Generation performed to a sold-out audience, along with other K-pop acts, at New York’s hallowed Madison Square Garden. And in Los Angeles, the Korean Music Festival has been a part of the concert season at the 17,000-plus capacity Hollywood Bowl for the past 10 years.

Korean Pop music, or K-Pop for short, has developed into a more popular industry in both the United States and South Korea. Multimedia outlets like You Tube have been a tremendous contributor to the popularity of K-Pop music in America. Many citizens of the United States have been introduced to K-Pop through YouTube and even Netflix. Netflix’s original show “Explained” is a weekly series that explores different topics including the music, fans, and choreography of K-Pop.

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Korean Music Group “BTS” Photo courtesy of Korean Con USA official Twitter page

South Korean native and Detroit resident, Chaeyul Kim has been involved in K-Pop since she was 15 years old. She came to the United States to work on her English so she can communicate with more people in her music, other than Koreans.

“I love big music artists in my country like BTS and IU and I want my music to be able speak to everyone. I came to the States to have better English so everyone can enjoy my songs. In Korea, I took 2 year off to come here and learn and will go back to Korea to make my music when I am done here.”

Kim says she has had some good English tutors and is excited to get back to South Korea to record her music in 10 more months.

Taylor Warner, a Lincoln Park, MI resident became interested in K-Pop through watching Korean Dramas on Netflix. She says it has become popular in America more recently.

Warner says she likes how popular the music from Korea is becoming. “I always saw the potential in Korean music so I’m just happy that everyone else is seeing it and liking it. It’s really cool.”

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Korean Music Group “BTS” Photo courtesy of Billboard official Twitter page

National Public Radio and Billboard reports that The Korean band BTS had a number one hit in America called “Love Yourself: Tear” and is the first mostly foreign language album to have a number one hit in this country in over a decade.

If you’re interested in learning more about K-Pop and it’s new found popularity in America, visit Billboard.com/kpop. 

Twine Game

My group’s game was about the day in the life of a homeless person and how people can help them out. When we put this game together, we were trying to make our audience see how terrible one single day can be, living on the street. We wanted the game to seem real so we added real situations and wanted the players of our game to imagine being homeless and enduring those everyday struggles that come with it. While I was doing my part of the assignment, I wanted to pull on the hearts of our players and inform them of the statistics behind homelessness in America and Michigan. I hope that after playing this game, people will give more thought to how they treat those who are homeless and maybe even go out of their way to help the next homeless person they saw. I believe we succeeded with informing our players about the homeless statistics and how they can help lower them. The affordances of Twine as a creative tool are many.

Utilizing Twine can help get a very important point across to others, it can be a creative learning tool for all ages, it can also just be used recreationally. The exciting part about making the game was being able to pick the choices that the players would have. I also really enjoyed being able to put my own ideas in the game and watching them unfold and become an essential part of the story. The most frustrating thing I had to deal with while putting this game together was trying to add graphics to my slides. The coding information I had to put in to allow the graphics to show up on the game were extremely complicated for me and tedious. I tried multiple times and followed the steps to add a photo onto a slide and even asked my teammates to help me and we just couldn’t figure it out in that moment. I had to hurry and move on from that so that my teammates could add their slides as well so I had to wait to put graphics on my slides until later when we all figured out how to do it correctly. Putting brackets around the word you want to use as a transition to the next slide was intriguing to me. I was fascinated because it seemed so simple but was so effective, almost like the brackets were a code that meant “next slide.” The five passages I worked were centered around the mean things people say to homeless people.

My first slide was about someone who was talking about the way the homeless man smells, the second slide was about how it makes them feel being blatantly shamed. My third slide was about asking random people for money, my next slide was about getting called names for asking for money and my last slide was about how it made the homeless person feel.My game engages with a person I have covered journalistically because there was a time when I was reporting on a downtown Detroit event that was happening at night time. I was walking down Monroe street with all the eateries and bars looking for person on the street (POS) interviews when I came across a homeless man by the name of Jerry who was playing a trumpet very well. I complimented his playing and offered him what I could and we talked about his situation and the hardships he faces due to his homelessness. This game reminded me of the news report I did about him back in May. I would totally recommend the Twine tool to my peers for utilization because it’s interesting, fun and purposeful. The link to our homelessness game is here, I encourage everyone to play!

Dally in the Alley

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The ‘Women in Black” organization at Dally in the Alley. They are women of varied ethnic and cultural heritages who gather to oppose the use of violence and terror as a means to political ends. Website: wwww.womeninblackDetroit@googlegroups.com

The 2018 Dally in the Alley event took place on Wayne State University’s campus, on Saturday, September 8th. The weather was cold and windy but the event was free and open to anyone who wanted to attend. Dally in the Alley is an annual celebration of living in the downtown Detroit area. The event is meant to bring people together while simultaneously introducing new vendors, artists and musicians to the community. The organizers are actual volunteers from the community who have a passion for serving and putting on this specific event every year. Robbie Dwight, organizer for Dally for the last 4 years, enjoys being able to interact with others at the event.  Click here to see what he had to say.

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Open yoga class for all Dalliers, right in the middle of the event.

From about 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, 350-400 people were in attendance. The evening crowd had about 700 people or more in attendance. Everyone who attended had access to clothing vendors and food vendors from other parts of the country, as well as multiple musical groups, yoga classes and beer tasting. Music group Captwolf Collective, talked about what their music means to them. To view the apparel website for this music group, click here.  To view a snippet of their performance at Dally in the Alley, click here.

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This is young artist Gisela McDaniel who does interviews with women about violence and their bodies. She then takes photographs of the women and turns the photographs into works of art. She is seen here finishing up her latest painting. Her website: http://www.GiselaMcDaniel.com

This event was remarkable because it gave everyone the chance to learn something new or become a patron for businesses right in their community. There were all kinds of different people who came together to experience different cultures or genres of music and art and to enjoy a fun day.

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Kids fair at Dally in the Alley. A child is getting his face painted.

For young children, there was a Kids Fair where you could get your face painted and play games with other children. The event lasted all day long and ended at 11 at night. It was well organized and successful. For updates on next year’s Dally in the Alley, visit http://www.dallyinthealley.com.

My Photo Story

My photo story embodies Black Girl Magic. The event took place on campus in Saint Andrews Hall and was called the Back Girl Magic Ball. My photo story captures a Wakanda themed dance performed by young black girls who gave their all while they danced. One dancer, Lanija Shavings, expressed to me how much the dance and the dance team meant to her. She shared beautiful stories about the bond she has with her dance team and how much she’s learned dancing with them.

One of the organizers of the Black Girl Magic Ball, Jaylin Moore, felt like this event was much needed. Moore wanted to show women on campus that they are valuable and indispensable by giving them a night to dress up, eat good food and be constantly admired while having a good time. My photo story also captured a few poets who poured their hearts out to the audience while reciting what they wrote. Being able to express themselves to their peers who can relate to exactly what they were speaking about made everyone feel good.

The energy at the ball was amazing and it showed in my photo story. To make the night more enjoyable, there was a woman in a beautiful white dress who won best dressed and a fashion show for a “Black Girls Rock” clothing line. At the conclusion of the event, some women were recognized and awarded for their work on campus and in the community. Shooting this assignment helped me to learn how to shoot at different angles strategically, how to handle shooting in difficult lighting situations and how to have fun while I work as well.

Reading News Photographer

After reading the News Photographer magazine, I learned a few things about humanity and photography. I read about photographers who have traveled abroad to get the perfect shots they need for a story. It says a lot about someone who will travel to another country for a story. To me, that shows passion and boldness; two characteristics any good photographer should have. While reading this magazine I learned that it’s important to get the story but it’s also very important to be mindful of the feelings of those you are photographing. For example, there was an eighteen month old child who was lying lifeless on a stretcher with severe burns all over his little body. The child was a victim of a bombing that had taken place in Afghanistan. Although the shot was necessary and impactful, the family of this deceased child was in great pain. The photographer comforted the family and made sure they were okay with him taking the photos.

I believe that the photographer showing empathy toward the family of the victim certainly made them more open to the idea of photographing the moment. I also learned that all kinds of stories can be found in a News Photographer magazine. I thought for sure that this magazine was going to be filled with random images that were chosen as the best of the best from all different corners of the world with small captions and nothing more. Instead, I found interesting stories about war, what happens after you graduate and how to better operate your camera to name a few. Reading this magazine also opened my eyes to the harsh effects 9/11 had on other countries, which is insane. I didn’t think any other countries were impacted by what happened on September 11, 2001, but ten years after the tragedy there were still wars and more tragedy as a result of the event that happened here. I enjoyed reading News Photographer magazine and learning some new things in the process.