November 15, 2008

Students In Armed Robbery On Campus!

The Director of Security Donald Marsala sent out an all-campus email at 3am about an armed robbery that took place at 12:20am.

According to the email, four students were robbed near Chicago Hall by a man carrying "what appeared to be a short barreled shotgun."

No suspects have been found yet.

Stay safe!

101 comments:

Anonymous said...

you build a bouugie school in a ghetto with ghetto people around it.. thats what happens, yo

Anonymous said...

A sawn-off shotgun is no joke. The wide spread of scattershot can rip your entire ribcage open with a double blast.

Better to be cellphoneless than dead.

Anonymous said...

good thing security works so hard to protect students, and not just get them in trouble! oh wait...

Anonymous said...

Um the bougie school was here before Poughkeepsie faced a series of economic crises. Good try though. Better luck next time.

Anonymous said...

How did security get students in trouble, 11:23?

Anonymous said...

Nevermind I see your point.

Anonymous said...

that is sorta bull shit.
I honestly feel less safe having security around than with them... I feel like no matter what I'm doing, even if I'm just hanging out at a party, they fuck over my life and get me in trouble just because they're dicks or are just having a bad day. And while some are nicer than others, I feel like security as a whole focuses way to much time on trying to bust kids to give "meaning" to their sad, boring lives than you, actually protecting us from bad guys...
Hopefully after this incident there will be a serious relocation of security guards out of the dorms to areas where they're really needed... UGGGGG

Anonymous said...

maybe they fuck over your life because you deserve it. underage drinking? drugs? excessive noise? guess what. rules. you deserve to be busted. rules. bye.

Anonymous said...

11:36 is an entitled brat!

Anonymous said...

Too bad there's a security hut right near there that's never occupied...

Anonymous said...

Security doesn't get students in trouble. Students get themselves in trouble.

Anonymous said...

it is rather disheartening to see those few security "booths" always empty, especially the one near North lot gate between Jewett and Collegeview Ave. That's where a lot of shady stuff tends to happen. The school needs to realize that and be more strategic about where security is directed.

Anonymous said...

11:41 has a stick up their ass! yes there are rules, but who says they're valid? do they really protect us? and if they do, then from what?

Anonymous said...

First of all, those are not security booths. They are Campus Patrol booths, which are only used as a place to rest during their breaks.

Second, people really need to quit complaining so much about security. Yeah, a few of them are douches, but what we have in our little bubble is so much better than most other schools, where RAs or a campus police department can search your room unannounced, etc.

Anonymous said...

1132, yeah vassar has been here a long time, but 1059 was also right.. armed robbery, man. ghetto.

Anonymous said...

11:14, sure, the legalization of certain drugs can heavily be debated, and the drinking age needs to be lowered. However, state and federal laws have to be enforced, and Vassar chooses to do it in a more civil way through security rather than leaving it to the police.

Anonymous said...

*12:12

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is still that security's attention is much more focused on getting kids in trouble (deserved or not) than keeping our campus safe.

Bikes get stolen all the time, there was last nights incident, and i remember a few incidents last year.

But they're always right there to bust up your party

Anonymous said...

12:26 - security DOES keep you safe, people do shitty and dangerous things at parties and while intoxicated and it's much better than vassar unleashing the police on us.

Anonymous said...

Bring back the wall.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the wall makes us less safe. The best way to reduce crime is to do a better job integrating the college with the community.

Anonymous said...

12:41- I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself. If you're careless enough to drink too much or to mix drugs with alcohol, that's your own damn fault. I cannot, however, protect myself from a person with a gun.

Anonymous said...

FUCK DA POLICE!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why anyone thought it was a good idea to open up the campus to the community the way it has been. It doesn't encourage students to go out into Poughkeepsie any more than we were in the first place. I go off campus almost once a day to do various things around town and I don't need dozens of trees cut down to know how to do it.
There is not one other school located in an area like ours that thinks it is necessary to make the campus completely unsafe in order to promote unity between the school and the community. The whole place should be fenced in and the guards should be in place. It is absurd that something like this is allowed to happen. The other day my roommate got up around 4 am to go to the basement to get some ice and a bottle of water and there was a grown man lurking in the Lathrop foyer looking at the list of names on the wall. He was clearly not a Vassar student or employee. His intentions might have been totally honorable but never the less that makes me feel so unsafe. There is absolutely no reason why anyone who wants to should be allowed to wander all over the campus and in our residence halls at all hours of the day. Encouraging this as it has been over the past year has made this campus exponentially less safe and a less comfortable place to be.
Also, I agree that security should spend more time patrolling the CAMPUS and less time patrolling the dorm rooms... A couple of kids drinking some beer is hardly as threatening as someone with a shotgun.

Anonymous said...

12:58, that's just because you're a weakling

Anonymous said...

Security NEEDS to start stationing the campus borders at night! The fact that they don't already is simply absurd, and downright dangerous.

Anonymous said...

come on mads, we all got the email too. what else do you have to say about the incident? do have any commentary, please?

Matt Bourne said...

instead of circulating a petition about having no confidence in the vsa, maybe we should start a petition to get security to change their policies so that vassar will stop being so unsafe. the campus is completely open and in no way secure. and that's what security is supposed to do, keep campus secure. if the school wants people to police the dorms breaking up parties, they should have RAs. when it comes to security, they need to make sure students don't get robbed, or worse shot, because when that's a possibility, who really cares if the students involved were drunk or not

Anonymous said...

Shut up, 1.39. He's just opening up a space for all of us to talk.

Anonymous said...

raise your hand if you think security is gonna be COMPLETELY ON THEIR SHIT tonight!
It's like eating fast food after someone finds a dead animal or disease and there food... you know that shit is gonna be safe for at leas three weeks after.

Anonymous said...

relax 1:57, i like mads vassar, but i just think that if he's going to claim to be the "voice" of vassar college, he should have a voice. everyone else is sharing their opinions, so why shouldn't mads. the blog was so much better when mads actually commented on things and wasn't just an extension of the campus calendar and email. it's fine if he doesn't want to be controversial, but he should be able to give his opinion without getting hassled by the administration and jimmy kelly and everyone else on this campus. he knows what we all think, why shouldn't he share what he thinks too

Anonymous said...

I've seen security question questionable people all the time around Vassar. You people should stop complaining. If a guy with a shotgun wants to rob a bunch of kids, he's going to rob a bunch of kids. Vassar is just too big to prevent it. The only thing that could be done is to perhaps have gated entranceways with guards at them, but that wouldn't be pc would it?

Anyway, what is a security guard going to do against a guy with a shotgun? beat him with his walkie talkie?

Anonymous said...

I'm so fucking tired of the "integrate Vassar into the community" bullshit. Look what happens. Build an actual wall, and have people watch it, and have cameras stationed. Other colleges have done it this way. It is not that hard. I'm not talking maximum security prison, but I am talking "students live here and fucking expect not to be robbed at gunpoint." Fuck. I almost want something bad to happen so the school will stop letting the voices of some people who for some unknown reasons want Vassar to just be an open air flea market or some stupid thing, take over. No, not really I don't want anything bad to happen. But this needs to change.

Anonymous said...

this campus is 1000 acres. it has at least 6 gates that can be driven into, not to mention the countless walkable entry points throughout the campus. if someone wants to get on campus, they'll be able to. there's nothing security can do about that. let's just be thankful that no one was hurt and that now everyone will be a little more careful.

Anonymous said...

1:14 - Did you roommate call security when he saw someone in your dorm who didn't belong there?

And to all or you who think security doesn't work hard enough: security does not carry weapons. When they get a report of someone committing armed robberies, they call the police and direct students away from the area - they don't try to find an armed guy unarmed... We had, to my count, about six police cars cruising around campus and in Arlington last night looking for this guy, and they didn't find him either.

Anonymous said...

How do we know this guy wasn't just out hunting for some wily whitetail? Why do we have to be so quick to judge our Poughkeepsie brethren? I think the problem is us not them.

Anonymous said...

They weren't doing anything "uncareful". They were originally in a group of eight or so and then four of them went to use the restroom, and that is when the guy came up. They were under an awning at the north-west part of Chicago Hall and next to a well-lit path (the one going to the THs). I don't think that Vassar students can do anything to be safer: the administration needs to get on this, now.

Anonymous said...

even if we cannot regulate access into and out of the campus, building a wall and placing security at various entrances is a symbolic gesture saying that we do not want outsiders on campus,especially at night. Is there anything wrong with that? Do we really have to be patronizing and pretend like there is no crime in Poughkeepsie? Seriously, some students and administration just don't have any common sense at all.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused at to what all of you want out of our security guards. So let's say they weren't patrolling the dorms and instead met up with this guy with a shot gun. What would they have done? Our guards don't carry weapons.

Do you want them to start carrying weapons? The next thing you'll complain about is that they're carrying a gun with them when they break up your party.

They're job is to protect us, not to end criminal activity. They do their best. When you compare us to schools in the middle of huge cities, we don't have a lot of situations with the Poughkeepsie public. Still, something needs to be done. Perhaps allowing police to patrol the borders of campus or maybe even the grounds. Yeah, you'll have to keep your public drunkenness indoors but I think it's a sacrifice we have to make.

Anonymous said...

Re: 1:14's post

Part of the problem is people leave those front doors unlocked all the time. I guess so they don't have to go to the enormous hassle of swiping their card through a slot, especially when they're drunk.

Maybe B&G can alter the doors so they can't be left unlocked.

Anonymous said...

Can we put cameras, like businesses do? At the borders. Then we can at least have the motherfuckers on tape when they enter our campus and arrests will be made faster.

Anonymous said...

4:00 that's the best idea on this site yet

Anonymous said...

I don't see why cameras haven't been placed throughout campus for a NUMBER of reasons- like who keeps fucking up Parlors and Common Areas of dorms? That'd be EASILY solved if there were cameras..
Someone's car gets broken into? Camera would help, instead of security writing up a report that'll go nowhere..
This is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

BIG BROTHER BIG BROTHER OH NOEZ

YOU'RE SO SAFE AT LEAST YOU'RE NOT DYING OF AIDS IN AFRICA! DON'T COMPLAIN!!!!! YOU PRIVILEGED PEOPLESSSSSSSSSSsss!

I had to say it before anyone else does

Anonymous said...

"This was a very unusual event on campus but I ask you to please be very cautious and be aware of your surroundings, make yourself aware of the location of our emergency blue light phones and take advantage of our escort services."
-Don Marsala

Yeah, I really don't understand how he thinks these students could have been acting more safe... Is he suggesting nobody goes out at night anymore? That's ridiculous.. they were in a group of 4 people! This goes beyond what students could have done to prevent this and I think it rests on Vassar/Security to improve things now.

Also, are we sure it was a shotgun? What exactly happened?

Anonymous said...

The thing is, the town of Poughkeepsie and Arlington are actually very safe. It may not be Long Island or wherever, but we are in the middle of a suburb, not a 'hood as some seem to believe. I come from another relatively safe college town, which has many more of these incidents than we do. It has everything to do with the fact that college students are generally perceived to be very wealthy. The best solution to this problem is to actively integrate with the Arlington area and get as many people on the street as possible. Arming the borders will only foster a sense of isolation. Having large numbers of people in an area is actually proven to be the best way to reduce crime.

Anonymous said...

The campus should be officially closed to non-registered outsiders at night. Guards should be posted at all official points of entry onto campus, and the college should make it exponentially more difficult to access campus through non-traditional points of entry (i.e. the woods). Also, security at the gates and on external patrols SHOULD be armed.

I understand the desire to be more open to Poughkeepsie, but when our openness directly threatens the lives of Vassar students, we need to reevaluate. What if he had used one of their cards to get into a dorm? It wouldn't have been that difficult. The only reason that this situation didn't become tragic was our luck that he wasn't crazy enough to go farther into campus or actually use his gun...

Anonymous said...

i wonder if vassar will reimburse the students who got there shit taken...
or least least give them new v-cards...

Anonymous said...

4:33 -
actually, poughkeepsie is NOT very safe.
yes, it's safe in front of babycakes but crime does take place here, more than the typical suburb. people at marist get mugged all the time.

Anonymous said...

This is why Vassar should allow students to carry concealed - for self defense. Otherwise we're all sitting ducks.

Anonymous said...

for those of you who think po-town is SODANGEROUS:

http://www.statestats.com/cit05pop.htm

granted, this is a few years old... but i doubt it's made it over to the 'dangerous' side.

Anonymous said...

I'm really confused at what people mean by "actively engaging with the community", or the variety of other forms this platitude takes. What on earth does that mean?? Has anyone REALLY thought about that, or is it as contentless as it has come to seem? Community engagement, like many other forms of social activism Vassar students claim to support, seems to be just another buzzword, another empty phrase to be tossed around unexamined and supported (as much as something without meaning can be supported) with truly half-assed commitment. Simply facilitating Vassar students' patronization of local businesses, removing physical barriers, and sponsoring community-focused events does not and will not change the fact that town-gown relations are HISTORICALLY strained here, for complex reasons that cannot be easily overcome.

Anonymous said...

i don't get why anyone at vassar would WANT to "engage" with poughkeepsie. we have everything and they have almost nothing. we have an art museum. a team of world-class scholars. a huge swimming pool. a library. all of our friends. why not just surround the campus with a nice-looking brick wall, lots of gates and lots of security officers. why pretend the townies are worth anything? they have crime and maybe five decent restaurants. let's stop this charade and call a spade a spade: vassar can be self-sufficient.

Anonymous said...

ummmm 550 the vass needs to invest in a t-bell before i can support that idea.

Anonymous said...

maybe we could just buy the t-bell in poguhkeepsie and put it somewhere in campus. bring all the employees over. then we wouldnt have to leave

Anonymous said...

2:26 made my day.

Anonymous said...

"YOU'RE SO SAFE AT LEAST YOU'RE NOT DYING OF AIDS IN AFRICA! DON'T COMPLAIN!!!!! YOU PRIVILEGED PEOPLESSSSSSSSSSsss!"

So because we're not dying of AIDS in Africa (ps. way to be a douche on the sensitivity of a major issue) Vassar kids should be okay with the possibility of getting mugged at gun point or raped or whatever else may happened, because if not we're WAY too "privileged." Clearly "privilege" comes with wanting to feel safe on one's own college campus- that's not a normal and rational feeling at all.
Good one.

Anonymous said...

everyone who is upset by this incident should email cappy and tell her how you feel. that's the only way anything will change

Anonymous said...

Seriously... Its one incident with a gun... No one was hurt... I'm not saying that it is a good thing, but it is a fact of life anywhere you go... Coming from a big city this happened all of the time... You just have to be aware and stay safe. You can't be protected from everything. The school warned us after it happened, so be smart and don't go walking around random areas late at night, especially not by yourself. And why don't you look into the real world for a minute where people are not only getting robbed at gunpoint, but shot. And poughkeepsie is barely a ghetto, why don't you spend some time around the real ghettos for a change.

Eva Feldman said...

And 5:50, what about all of the vassar staff that live in poughkeepsie, are we just going to wall of their place of employment from them as well? I enjoy going into poughkeepsie and our art museum isn't just for us, it is for the community as well. I took advantage of local colleges and universities when I was growing up. That is part of why they are there.

Anonymous said...

7:24, I think the

""YOU'RE SO SAFE AT LEAST YOU'RE NOT DYING OF AIDS IN AFRICA! DON'T COMPLAIN!!!!! YOU PRIVILEGED PEOPLESSSSSSSSSSsss!""

was actually agreeing with you. The person was being sarcastic about people who are always whining that "Vassar people are soooo privileged they should never complain booo hooo." It was sarcasm.

Anonymous said...

739, vassar staff do not have some kind of inherent right to be here when they are not working. But I dont see why they couldnt show their IDs and gain access, unless they caused problems. No, they would not be walled off from Vassar. Also, I don't see what the fact that you went to colleges as a kid has to do with anything. Getting a visitor's pass for a kid to go visit a college is different from having a place just open for whatever creep to waltz right in.

Anonymous said...

OMG. People who talk about community integration are so friggin condescending and patronizing. I did not come to Vassar so I could hang around in Poughkeepsie and everyone around here knows that as well. If local residents are somehow offended by us putting up a wall or manning security points at the borders at night (when they are not allowed on campus anyways!!!!) then I really do not care what these residents think. We seriously need to stop listening to the sorts of people who try too hard to seem like better people than the regular student.

Anonymous said...

could we just get rid of pougkeepsie little by little? massive, huge gentrification anyone?

Anonymous said...

yeah, what's with this whole local community shit? why not just do our own thing and stop wasting our time and money on those people.

Anonymous said...

8.27, 8.35 sarcasm much?
(if you're not being sarcastic, that's worrying....)

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure they're not being sarcastic. I mean they can't be completely serious, but I do think they mean it.

Anonymous said...

The anti-Poughkeepsie trolls need to exit their Westchester County bubble and enter the real world. Poughkeepsie is not that bad. There is a huge difference between the city and the town. We are in the town. I think a lot of people don't know that. The town is very safe, and the city isn't great but is so much better than many other places. The reason why events (1 armed robbery in 2 years) such as this happen is because the college and the community do not do a GOOD ENOUGH job integrating. The number one way to combat crime is to have as many people as possible on the streets. At night, this area is not particularly dangerous, but it is isolated. Armed security, walls, and surveillance would only make it more so. I agree that "community integration" policies like the bookstore move will do nothing in this regard, but supporting anything that can keep Raymond Ave. from shutting down after dark would.

Anonymous said...

poughkeepsie is worthless. it's so ugly and full of ugly depressed people. there is nothing to do.. hell, if i was a resident of poughkeesie i would probably do some shit like robbing just to make my life worthwhile because i am also probably poor, too. dont be surprised when youre mugged or harrassed in poughkeepsie. like someone said marist kids get mugged alot.

Anonymous said...

WTF? Walls, armed security, security cameras? Borders? This discourse is fucked up.

Anonymous said...

I think only a few people have mentioned this, so how about the fact that these people were walking on a main part of campus, on a path that's necessary to use to get to the THs? Forget parties. As a small, not-very-strong girl who plans on living in the THs sometime during my Vassar career, I want to feel safe walking home after class or a meeting, where it may not always be possible to walk with someone, and chances are, it will be dark in the winter. It may be impossible to close off or patrol every entrance to Vassar, but there should at least be guards at entrances students use often. I mean, basically anyone who looks like a student or parent can drive through the Main Gate without showing ID. That's a little ridiculous, whether or not we're in a safe community.

And as for "actively engaging in the community" what exactly do you all mean by that? As far as I can tell, the only reason most students go into Poughkeepsie now is to buy alcohol or do community service. Now, community service is obviously a great thing, and I would never say anyone should stop doing it, but when that's the main way we engage with the town, I'm sure it comes off to some people as "Oooh let us privileged liberal arts students help you poor, disadvantaged locals!" And I have no doubt that is how some Vassar students feel. The Misc and the VSA seem to be doing a decent job showing us what else is out there in Poughkeepsie, but the fact is, using a restaurant or two won't stop people from coming onto campus with guns. There needs to be some other sort of viable option to keep us safe, and honestly, I'm not sure what that is. What we really need to do is look at other colleges who are in similar areas, check out their crime rates, see what they've done, etc.

Anonymous said...

Uh, actually if cameras were there, we would have the people on tape. They could be apprehended and sent to prison. Is it that hard to understand?

Anonymous said...

While that is a positive benefit of security cameras, the chances of them actually DETERRING crime, rather than just dealing with crimes after they happen seems rather small...

Anonymous said...

Why's that, though? It makes it clear the school is monitoring who is on campus, and that if you do commit a crime on campus you won't get away with it. Or at least you'll be on camera, say cheese kind of thing. Like a bank ATM.

Anonymous said...

how expensive could cameras possible be? maybe $400 each or so. we could probably install them all around the perimeters of campus for around $5000. why not? then we could have these hoodlum townies on tape and send them to prison as soon as we catch them.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if it doesn't "deter" crime, the fact of the matter is the crime will be caught on tape and the likelihood of that person getting apprehended is MUCH better than when there are zero cameras. It just makes sense.

Anonymous said...

dear state prison system
please just lock up everyone in poughkeepsie they are nothing but boredom and trouble

Anonymous said...

4:20, how can you say something like that, even in jest? Broad generalizations like that make no sense. They're useless.

Anonymous said...

WHY WAS THERE STILL NO SECURITY AT THAT SPOT LAST NIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!? I WAS THERE AND IT WAS EMPTY, HOW MUCH LONGER TIL THEY GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER? DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GET KILLED????

Anonymous said...

5:50, I hate to say this, but you're kind of a douchebag. These townies you so openly ridicule pay tax money so you and your rich friends can be taken to the hospital when someone drinks too much. I suppose you're in favor of the bookstore in Arlington too?

Anonymous said...

The real question is: what would R. Kelly do?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I came to Vassar to get an education and have a good time. I didn't come to Vassar to be "integrated" with the shitty town known as Poughkeepsie and I couldn't care less about what the people in this community think about us "rich, spoiled, sheltered" kids. For those people who claim that Poughkeepsie isn't that bad and it's on an upswing and all of that other bull shit, OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES! We all know that after we graduate, we are going to move the hell away from this shitty town.

Anonymous said...

its not a shitty town. its my home.

Anonymous said...

12:47, please say your name so me and my shitty
Poughkeepsie folks can rob you, your mother, your uncle and your cousin's dog tonight.


i'm serious. my name is ray gunn. what's yours?

Anonymous said...

his name is maaattttt dammmooonnn

Anonymous said...

12:31, what about it being your home means it's not shitty?

yo ray gunn, no one said all poughkeepsie peeps are robbers, just that they suck and their town sucks and is hideous and poor. do you deny it!

Anonymous said...

This just in: Vassar students are scared of brown people!

Anonymous said...

and why shouldnt we be? not saying we should hate them but scared? ya, a little.

Anonymous said...

I never realize how racist and elitist vassar students are until I read these posts. It's saddening that people think building up walls and imprisoning people is going to solve these problems. Sending one person to prison is definately not going to stop the cycle of poverty that forces people into crime, and building walls will not keep people out if they really want to come in.
Also, Vassar is actually a very safe campus. This stuff happens all the time at other colleges, even places like Brown that are considered to be in really safe towns. Crime happens and wherever you live, you can never be completely sheltered just by setting up cameras or building walls and prisons.

Anonymous said...

Vassar puts Poughkeepsie on the fucking map. Without Vassar, Poughkeepsie would just be the armpit of New York. We are the only shining light in this shitty town. Screw Meet Me in Poughkeepsie and all of those other events that try to integrate the student body with this hell hole.

How about this: Why doesn't Poughkeepsie try to offer VASSAR something? We provide some of their citizens with jobs, recognition for the fact that VASSAR is located here, and help what they call an economy through our occasional visits to liquor stores. I think we've given this city enough. Now it's Poughkeepsie's turn to do something for us. To start, they can stay the fuck off campus and not try to rob/vandalize/and even kill the only thing (the school and the student body) it has going for it.

Anonymous said...

this blog needs to be shut down. the people who post here are too fucking stupid.

Colin B said...

So "they" owe "us" something? You do realize that our tuition costs more than some Poughkeepsie residents make in a year, right?

Holding a student up at gunpoint may be selfish and harmful, but so is the blatant refusal to give up an ounce of wealth or puncture barriers of privilege.

The majority of us at this school come from money, identify as white, and attended very good elementary and high schools. And yet some of you are demanding we deserve to accumulate even more privilege, perpetuate even more desperation and poverty, and then shut ourselves in so as to avoid facing the consequences of our hegemonic dominion over our own neighbors.

I may be slightly generalizing the demographics of Vassar's student body, but I'm not calling our town a "ghetto" or claiming that we should be fearful of nonwhites as some of you are.

If you care to respond, please sign your name.

Anonymous said...

This thread in itself proves why anonymous commenting accomplishes barely any productive dialogue! If people can't be held accountable for what they are arguing, they're just going to use this blog to mindlessly post their incendiary drivel.

Anonymous said...

Vassar Security actually cares alot about the student who live here. They may bust people but part of their job is to enforce rules and regulations and state laws. dont hate the player, hate the game. If you break rules then you deserve the consistences. in the real world you get fine and go to jail for some of the stuff you get away with here.

Vassar does not value the security of the campus as much as they should. they cut funding to the security department making it hard to keep people safe.

j. 08 said...

I agree, people at Vassar don't appreciate Security enough. I've been on crutches many times and been stranded at the library at 2 in the morning and I have ALWAYS been able to depend on Vassar Security to escort me to safety.

I think a lot of the complaints on here speak to the larger issue of lack of respect--for both Vassar Security, and for the residents of Poughkeepsie. The racist and elitist comments that have been posted here are so disheartening, and I really hope that it's only one person that's been posting all of this garbage.

One more thing: please be reminded that THE INTERNET IS A PUBLIC SPACE, and I'm sure that many non-Vassar students are reading these comments. i.e. prospies, "townies", the Administration, hell, even Security! So think before you post something inflammatory because these comments are really hurtful.

Anonymous said...

let's get along, that is what madsvassarblog has taught me. we gotta be strong.

one day our black brothers and white brothers will sing together

bathe together

our poor and our rich will just mellow out and smoke some shit together

give peace a chance

LOVE EACH OTHER

i love you guys

stop being meanie poopie heads

we gotta poop together

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

N. Middlebrook said...

How about this: Why doesn't Poughkeepsie try to offer VASSAR something?

The only reason you have any services or businesses to spend your parents' money at is because Poughkeepsie does offer you something you fool. Your student body's choice not to patronize these places nearby only hurt the diversity and offerings of local businesses. A university is not an institution only for the students that attend, it is as much as part of the community in its offerings of space and services as anywhere else. Screaming for walls and security cameras is not only laughably ineffective, but also a knee jerk response of those who don't realize that these things happen in every single town, in every single country. People get robbed, it's unfortunate, but it happens.

This blog is an atrocious representation of the mindset and thoughts of Vassar students, logical students that read this blog should be outraged at the comments of their peers. Is this how you really feel? Then post it with your real name attached, don't sit behind a wall of anonymity if you want anyone to take your comments seriously.

It's like the bookstore mentality all over again.

Frightened '10 said...

Vassar kids scare me a million times more than the typical Poughkeepsie resident. You folks are fucking crazy.

--A Frightened Vassar Student

Anonymous said...

So N. Middlebrook, no one ever said robberies don't happen or can be stopped all together. The thing about security cameras is that when someone does commit a crime on campus, they are more easily identified. We possibly have their face on camera, which can be handed over to the police.

Some of these "Vassar kids are scary and sheltered" posts are ridiculous because they seem to think any effort to apprehend criminals is a bad thing.

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The safety of students should always be the top priority of schools and universities across the country. Because of the robbery, there should be an increased security guard presence on the campus, residence halls and the grounds. Students should also do their part and be aware of their surroundings.

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They should increase the security of the Campus so that this will not happen again.