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I ~ Volume XVI Number l4 Rape STATE UNIVERSIT\' OF NEW YORK COLLEGE AT CORTLAND May l, 1916 Audit cites SUCC for improperly withholding funds -page 5 ' assault being investigated By THAD MeTIGUE Assistant News Editor Cortland City Police are investigating reported rape and another case of a sexual assault involving State University College at Cortland off-campus students. Old Main, said there are steps women can take to increase thei~ safety. Women, he said, should take the precaution of locking the house door and win- dows and pulling down the window shades. \Students concentrating more on security,\ Lapar- co said, \would help the situation.\ trained in the use of weapon handling, !>he may put herself in an even more vulnerable position. \It may anger the rapist and he may cause mor~: damage than he would have otherwise.\ l.aparco said. Marilou B. McLaughlin, assistant to SUCC President James M. Clark, said that the major pro- blem on the SUCC campus is acquaintance or date rape. ··Acquaintance rape,·· Me Laughlin said. \makes the situation a hundred times more em- harassing for the woman.\ According to Cortland City Police Sgt. Micllael J. Laparco, \several calls related to this kind of situation are being investigated.,. Laparco said that a ski-masked assailant has been known to strike at any time during the week or weekends between I 0 p.m. and 1 a.m. City police are also investigating reports of a \Peeping Tom.\ Laparco said. Both Pesesky and Laparco said basic precau- tionary measures include avoiding dark place~ and walking in groups. ••Be aware,\ Pesesky said, \of who you are with and where you are going. A woman should not walk home alone with a person she just met,\ he added. Mclaughlin said it is important for 'iOL\iety to get over the assumption that there is a different language for men and women. \Young men are taught to be aggressive,\ McLaughlin said. ''When women say no,\ she continued, \men are taught they might mean maybe.\ Lt. William Pesesky of Public Safety said that there have been no reports of sexual assault on the SUCC campus. Laparco recommended that students enroll in self-defense programs that are available on and off ~pus. Laparco suggested women not ~:arry w'eapons .. Laparco, who will participate in a panel discus- sion on the subject at 2 p.m. at the Door Knob in While admitting that some women may not agree with him, the sergeant said when a woman is con- fronted by a rapist, if the woman is not properly continued on pa}.!e 10 ,John F. \Goot\ Deneeke se.V.es up another llome run to this young slugger at Sugett Park during Community Fellowship Weekend. S~afety by Blue Light By 'DANEn'E GILSON Staff Writer 'llhe Sta~e University College at Cortland rhas teceJltJY',activated .anew crime prevention 4~ice~~1li'e.-~·j~lue Light'' system, accor- 4.ing t~ :Peter LaUa, assistant director of ;p,u~lic ~fety. . 'Jbe ,13lue Light System consists of six out- door ielephones ;plaCed at various .high traffic areas on campus. These phones are recognizable by an attached blue light and the 'line is directly connected to P-ublic Safety, ;Lalla said. \The phones are a very effective com- municatien device,\ accorcding to Lalla. This system provides immediate help for anyone who is a victim .of a cclme, a witness to a 'ftime, n~s emergencY medical help or needs mformat•on. . The effect~vtr.a~s •of 'this sysf~ .was based ·on the 'POSitive :tespoii~ '~Y '00tl\ell Universi· ty, which ltas a ·si.Jnilar l-'lrime ;preventien system, Lama said. SOme ,c)iher SUNY cam· ;puses have a similar $YSte\fri~. :however, Lalla ·C()uld not ,pr.ovide any iti:f()tmation as to their ;effectiYeoess. · AccGrd~ns to Lall~, Cot:neU Urti:versity also said fh~t :thCJe was ~hi&~ degree of respect for 'thesel()hones~bru:attipus•and:diat·t~~lfill\1net· did not fall victim to vandalism or prank phone calls. The cost of the installation of these phones was included in the overall cost of the new telecommunications system installed this past semester, said Telecommunications Manager Robert Harrison. The Blue Light System was only a small percentage of the $1.7 million needed to finance the new phone system, Har- rison said. The outdoor phones themselves were in- stalled in January. However, because the wir- ing was not finished the system was not ac- tivated until recently. This system bas not been publicized on campus until its activation, to keep non-activity of the materials that have been in place since January, Lalla said. The Blue light phones are located in the following areas: between the commuter park- inalot and the Miller lot on Graham Avenue; between Old Main and Moffet, and between Moffet and Fine Arts; on Neubig Road at- ta<lhed to NeubiB Hall; between the tennis c()uats and Lusk Field House, and t:he last phone is in the turn around area by the Athletic ·fields. these j)hones are for emergency use and shotild ··be tC$~ted for the purpose they servi· l ,..,l,:\•'d. · . . ·-·~····- Spring Fling set as an alternative to Spring Picnic By BING MfLLER Associate News Editor A \Spring Fling\ free to State University College at Cort- land students and sponsored by tile Student Acvitivies Board will be offered to students tomorrow as an \alternative to the spring picnic,\ according to Barbara Cheney, chairman of special weekends on SAB. This non-alcoholic event will include a DJ from 2 to 4 p.m. and the band \Silent Partner\ from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Corey Union steps. Free lemonade, iced tea and fruit punch will be provided by Auxiliary Services Corp. on the Neubis lawn Cheney said. ' \Silent Partner,\ from Syracuse, plays rock dance music and is \really good,\ according to Cheney. Free camel and elephant rides will be available in front of Van Hoesen, sponsored by \Safari Fun,\ Cheney said, ad- ding that students can get their pictures taken on the animals. The ''Spring Fling'' which has been in the planning stages since the beginning of April was planned to provide students with an opportunity to do something on campus for the weekend, Cheney said. Cheney said the event was scheduled in light of tile failure to organize a spring picnic by the senior class committee. \We're trying real hard to get campus spirit up and get the students involved with activities on campus,\ Cheney said, adding that student apathy is high. 'We're trying real hard to get campus spirit up and get the students involved' - Barbara Cheney The spring picnic sponsored by the Dark Horse Tavern for the same day at Yellow Lantern Campgrounds will offer alcohol to students 21 and over, but the picnic will be open to all according to Bill McDermott, owner of the Dark Horse. McDermott said that he has up to 30 buses at his disposal to bring students back and forth from the campgrounds to the campus. The buses will make their stops in front of the Miller ad- ministration building. , McDermott said that the picnic is' open to everyone, in- cluding alumni and guests, but tickets are limited to 3,500 persons. He anticipates a good response, adding that the motels are upretty much filled\ with alumni. ccwe plan to start banding this week\ for the students 21 and over who have bought tickets to show that they are able to drink, McDer-mott said. On Saturday night, .after the ••spring Fling\ and picnic, SAB wiU present John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band at the ice arena along with Otis Day and the Nights.

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