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As homecoming weekend approaches, the 11 residence halls on campus are gearing up to keep students who live on campus safe.
In 2012, 225 arrests were made due to liquor law violations in the residence halls alone and 353 arrests were made campuswide, according to the 2012 Annual Security Report.
These numbers had about doubled from 2011: that year, 110 liquor law violation arrests were made in the residence halls, and 221 arrests were made campuswide.
Stephenson Hall, one of the largest residence halls on campus, has been prepared all year because they have to patrol a larger building with many more residents in it.
Eleven community assistants for 596 students reside in Stephenson Hall, twice as many CAs as a building like Whitmyre Hall that only has five.
Adam Jones, residence director of Stephenson Hall, said his staff will be ready for this weekend.
“Our staff is highly trained and well-equipped to handle any situation that they come across on homecoming or any other weekend for that matter,” Jones said.
The CAs of every building attend weekly staff meetings where they review procedures and discuss current issues in the building.
The major change made for homecoming weekend is that all of the CAs are on duty all weekend, whereas only two are on duty for a normal weekend.
Although CAs must follow the rules and document students who break university policy, many said they don’t enjoy doing it.
“To me, documenting incidents is bittersweet,” CA Maddie Williams (sophomore, international business) said.
“It is not the greatest feeling knowing that you are the person bringing attention to someone’s negative behavior, but depending on the situation, you could be helping the person.”
Others become frustrated because residents should know better.
“When I have to document a situation, it makes me upset with the person or people,” CA Kendia Canada (junior, communications media) said.
“I feel like we are all adults in college, and we know the right and wrong thing to do.”
Jones said that they care very much for the safety of their residents and do their best to create an environment where residents can come home and know the CAs have their best interests in mind.
CAs do have some advice for their residents to make the lives of everyone easier during homecoming.
“You can go out and have fun without drinking,” Canada said.
“Drinking is not all that partying is about.”
Don’t put yourself in a bad situation to start with, Williams said.
“You should party with people you know,” Williams said. “Do not go anywhere that makes you uncomfortable, and always use your best judgment.”
When residents do decide to drink, CAs encourage them to do so responsibly.
“If you do decide to drink, know your limit and don’t take drinks from people,” Canada said. “Stay away from jungle juice and narcotics, and don’t sit your drink down.”