QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: Campus lockdown, student housing and more

The COM 220 News Writing class put together this week’s “Question of the Week” which is actually several questions, mostly related to events on campus this year.

Class members Caitlin Bailey and Zasha Barrett asked senior Marissa Vittorio of East Haven, Conn., “Do you feel safe on campus after the recent lockdown and shooting incident?”


Her answer: “I felt safe because I was in the McGee Center and they have a safety plan that they went by. I heard stories from other students about how some classroom doors wouldn’t lock and some professors kept teaching class. Other professors were more nervous than the students which made the situation worse. I probably would have been scared, but because of where I was, I felt very safe.”

Class members Hunter Pearson and Mariah Anderson talked with Communication faculty member Barbara Pann about “the best thing to happen to you this school year”:

The housing signup period for students is about to begin and Shane Rich and Keyana Daye asked student Kelly Manning  about her opinion of the process. Shane and Keyana report that not many students they asked seemed to know much about it.

And one more:

Class member Tanya Crump wanted to find out what it was like for Wingate staff members over Spring Break. She talked wth Dining Hall Supervisor Shemikka Henry, who said, “We had to stay here and work on break, but the nice thing was that our lunch periods were shorter and that was my favorite thing. Usually we don’t shut down during the day but we were able to, which made cleaning much easier. It was fun!”

(Shemikka didn’t want to be photographed or appear on video, and we honored that request.)

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