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Spring Break Safety Tips

The college put up a great list of safety tips for spring break travel yesterday, so I’m putting it up here.

Main thing to note, though, is that if you are going to Mexico, either ask for a refund and don’t go, or be extremely careful.  The DEA has been forcing the issue with Mexican drug lords, and they have started raids to come down on them hard.  in retaliation, they may begin to attack Americans in the country looking for some Spring Break fun.  BE CAREFUL!!!

Here’s what you need to know…

— Travel with a reputable travel agency. Know what kind of transportation, housing, and food and beverages are included in your travel package. If you don’t know anything about the travel agency call the State Consumer Protection Division to find out if there are any complaints against the agency.

— If you plan on drinking as part of your spring break experience, consider the following:

* Know the alcohol laws at your destination. Ask your travel agent for information on age of consumption and local laws regarding alcohol use. Some areas will ticket for open intoxicants, while others may have stiff penalties for public inebriation.

* Plan ahead on how much you plan to drink. Talk with a friend about when the friend should intervene and make a plan for how you will return to your hotel. Stay with someone who knows you when you are drinking—don’t wander off alone. Make sure someone in your group is not drinking or is drinking responsibly so they can get everyone home safely.

* Don’t assume that someone you’ve just met will look out for your best interests. Keep in mind that more people are sexually assaulted by acquaintances than by strangers.

* Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or drinks that you pour yourself. You put yourself at risk for receiving an altered beverage if you don’t know the source of the drink.

* If a friend feels sick, don’t leave them alone. If you feel sick, ask someone to look out for you.

* If a member of your group passes out, turn them on their side to prevent choking and call 911 immediately.

* Don’t horseplay or climb on balconies. Never sit on railings and always keep both feet on the floor at all times. Falls from balconies, even those on lower floors, can be fatal.

* Don’t carry all of your credit or bank cards in your wallet or purse. Carry the minimum amount of cash that you will need, including a little backup. Traveler’s checks are your best bet when on vacation. If you have extra cash, put it in the hotel safe.

* Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing, when you will depart, and when you expect to return. Call friends or family members to let then know that you have arrived and returned safely.

* If you are robbed, don’t resist—give up any money, jewelry, or other valuables. You can always replace material things. Call 911 as soon as you can.

International Travel
All travelers must show proof of identity and citizenship when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and other countries of the Caribbean by land or sea. Acceptable documents include a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, trusted traveler card or enhanced driver’s license. (U.S. citizens who do not have a single document verifying identity and citizenship must present both an identification and citizenship document; for example, a driver’s license and either a copy of a birth certificate or a naturalization certificate.) The U.S. Department of State’s Web site (http://travel.state.gov/) is an excellent source of information for those traveling abroad.

Traveling to Mexico
Due to a recent rise in violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, students should take extra precautions if traveling to Mexico this Spring Break. The U.S. Department of State has issued travel alerts for Mexico. Travel alerts are issued by the federal government to warn U.S. citizens during times of heightened crime and unrest in other countries. Key points include:

— The nature of violent crimes throughout Mexico and how the Mexican government is responding.

— Locations and situations of particular concern.

— Precautions include registering travel plans with the U.S. State Department, keeping passport and emergency information at all times during travel, becoming familiar with international law and not traveling with expensive items or excessive amounts of cash.

— Consulate contact information.

Beneficial Websites

Spring Break info for students
http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/SpringBreak.html

Spring Break Info for students traveling to Mexico
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_2812.html

Travel Warning for Mexico
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html

Road Trip Advice
Students who are traveling by car are reminded that driving while tired is as dangerous as driving intoxicated. Activity breaks can help the driver stay alert. It is helpful to take turns at the wheel to prevent fatigue. If possible, stay on well traveled roads where it is easier to get assistance when needed.

Whether traveling within the states or abroad, students are urged to notify someone at home of their travel plans, and to check in daily to confirm that your trip is progressing smoothly.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Media Coverage Continues on Sexual Assault

Marietta Times and WTAP are now both covering the sexual assault case at the college.

More details have been released, including news that the suspect was sighted at Russell Hall earlier that night.  he apparently gained access to the building and came into contact with some of the residents (according to the linked Marietta Times article).

Past that, no new news.

Please lock all your doors, and don’t hold key-card guarded doors open for anybody.  Don’t walk alone at night and use Campus Police escort services (which are free to all college students).

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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Update: Sexual Assault on Campus

As many of you may have heard, there was a sexual assault on campus early Saturday morning.  Today, we learned that there was a second crime that happened involving the same suspect.  The notification of the incident is included after the jump, including steps that you can take to stay safe on campus.

The attacks appear to have taken place at Parsons Hall, which in my opinion in one of the worst secured buildings on campus.  You will always have a problem with tailgaters (which is what looks like the suspect’s means of entry), but when the entire first floor is open and un-protected without key-card access, there’s a problem.

The suspect is an African-American male, about 6 feet tall, in his early 20’s, with a muscular build.

Special kudos to the Marietta Times for combining their updated article with stories about the Dow Jones falling and another about the stimulus bill.  One would think an update about a sexual assault without a suspect behind bars would be, I don’t know, SLIGHTLY IMPORTANT.

Sympathy goes out to those affected by this idiot.  It is truly terrible for something like this to have happened.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

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Midterms this week

Posting may be slow this week due to it being mid-terms and such, but I’ll try to keep everybody updated on news on the sexual assaults happening on campus.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

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