Andrea Pino: In the dark

January 3, 2013 

In the dark

On Jan. 1, a shooting was reported in Chapel Hill, outside Time Out Restaurant on Franklin Street. While the shooting occurred close to the student residential community of Granville Towers, students were not notified until 16 hours after the incident.

Although students are on winter break, Granville Towers is open to residents and is also student staffed during break.

With 2012 marked by murder, rape, death, assault and shootings, our university needs to re-evaluate the meaning of “a threat to our community.” Every student threatened is a direct threat to our community, and the university must recognize this. We cannot continue to grieve and fear solely in silence, anxiously waiting with no direction from our university.

UNC-CH students are questioning their safety, and the lack of transparency and timely notification around campus and community incidents is contributing to a general culture of fear and hostility.

In 2013, students demand more honesty from our university, and stronger action toward enforcing student safety.

Andrea Pino

Chapel Hill

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