Student Media was counting down the days until the University’s 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety report was released because we knew it would be key to helping us create this week’s theme section.
It helped us create an infographic, for example, on what the most common crimes in 2017 were at the University’s Modesto Maidique and Biscayne Bay campus. You can check it out on page 7.
We also invited FIU Police Chief Alexander Casas to one of our eboard meetings so he could help us better understand the report. After going through the report with him, Student Media realized that not everyone would know about the report, what it covered or even why it existed. This led to the creation of our “What You Need to Know” section, which can be found on page 8.
This week’s theme also focuses on other aspects of Campus Safety, from the different resources students have available to them as well as giving an inside look to FIUPD’s K-9 Unit. Sam, one of FIU’s police dogs and social media superstars, is even featured on our cover.
This theme is even more important, as our columnists address the dangers of walking alone at night, especially at BBC where students are still reeling from the assault of two Mast@FIU high school students. Besides addressing the fears on pages 9 and 10, our columnists also discuss the different free resources FIU provides to make students, faculty and staff feel comfortable at all hours of the day.
Our non-theme section of the magazine also focuses on lighter news, ranging from music and movie reviews to a recap of this past week’s Homecoming game.
And if you’re looking for something to watch, how about PantherNOW’s recap of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation?
Graphic by Michelle Marchante/PantherNOW