Three Safety Apps You Absolutely Must Have

Three Safety Apps You Absolutely Must Have

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One week later, we continue to send fervent prayers and hold unwavering hope for Hannah to come home. In light of the recent events concerning Hannah Graham, the UVA community has a heightened sense of alarm, caution, and fear of safety.

Over the past few years, there have been a number of cases in which students have gone missing. There is also a major issue regarding sexual assaults against female college students across the country. 

Although we as students are limited in what we can do to help find Hannah, we can use measures that will protect the safety of ourselves and our peers on and off grounds. It is crucial that we unite as a community with the shared goal of ensuring the safety of students in Charlottesville. I feel strongly that every UVA student should utilize the following apps as precautionary measures. Whether you feel unsafe in your location, are walking alone, or simply need a distraction, these apps will help protect you and assure your friends and family of your safety.

Circle of 6

This app is awesome and free. After a friend told me about it last week, I downloaded it immediately. You pick six people (such as a close friend, your roommate, your boyfriend, your big sis, or a friend with a car) to be in your “Circle of 6” via your phone contacts. As soon as you open the app, there are a few buttons you can choose from. One button, if pressed, will automatically send a text to all six people in your circle with your GPS location and a message saying, “Come and get me. I need help getting home safely. Call when you’re close.” This is extremely useful if you feel unsafe, are lost, or need to find a ride ASAP. Another button will send a text to them saying, “Call me and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” This is if you want to talk to someone on the phone and look distracted. Another button will send a text simply saying, “I need to talk,” in cases where you want to notify someone that you feel unsafe. There is another button that sends a text saying, “Thanks everyone, I’ve gotten help” once one of your friends comes through. Lastly, there is a button you can press that will call local, campus-specific hotlines and emergency numbers.

SafeTrek

Trust me when I say this: SafeTrek is worth the $1.99. It has five-star ratings and is so easy to use. All you have to do is press a button that says, “Hold until safe” if, for example, you are walking home alone or need to leave your apartment for a minute to take out the trash. As soon as you take your thumb off the button, you have ten seconds to enter your pin number before it calls the police and gives them your location. Honestly, whenever any of us are walking somewhere at night, alone or not, we should be using this app as a precautionary measure.

Kitestring

You don’t need a smartphone for this app because it’s via SMS text messaging. All you have to do is sign up online by giving your phone number, creating a password, and providing an emergency contact. If you are walking home in the dark or in a sketchy location, just text Kitestring when you expect to be home (i.e. “15 m”), and if you don’t text back within 15 minutes that you made it home, it will immediately alert your emergency contacts.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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3 Reasons I Did Not Like Halo As A Kid

It was a meh game

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Halo: Combat Evolved was a game that revolutionized the world of video games. Even to this day, the Halo franchise is a powerful force in the world of video games (not necessarily for good reasons, looking at you REC packs). Many of my friends grew up loving this franchise and idolizing Master Chief. I was not one of those people, here's why. Before I get into this I just want to say I don't hate Halo its just as a kid I preferred other games and this is why.

1. No aiming down sights

In shooters, I try to be as accurate as possible when I shoot. I lean towards things like single shot rifles and snipers instead of shotguns or high rate of fire rifles. It was just how I liked to shoot. The shooter I grew up playing was Call of Duty, particularly Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One. So when I went over to my friend's house and we played Halo, something was always off. In the early days of Halo, not all guns could aim down their sights.

When I found this out it baffled me. Why would you not want to aim down the sights? Shotguns and rocket launchers made sense but rifles and SMGs just seemed wrong without sights. It bothered me since I was so used to aiming down the sights to be as accurate as I could be.

2. Master Chief is a boring character

I've always liked stories. I particularly like the stories in video games. The possibilities are endless in the world of video games. Which is why I'm saddened that Master Chief is such a boring character. He is a yes man. All he ever does is follow orders, at least until Halo 5. I get that he is a badass that has saved the galaxy from the flood and worked with the Arbiter and whatnot. He can do all of that but he can't act human for 10 seconds.

3. The weapons were boring

It feels like when they were making the game, the human weapons were just going down a checklist. Full auto rifle? Check. Burst Rifle? Check. Sniper Rifle? Check. etc etc. The alien weapons were the more interesting ones to me.

That was the case until you look at them and most of them are the human weapons but they fire plasma which works functionally identically. Only the sword, needler, and gravity hammer were interesting, and that's because two of those were melee weapons.

So all in all, the guns were uninteresting, the main character was just a dude that follows orders, and I couldn't be as accurate as I wanted to. All of that made for an experience that felt more like something that should've been in the bargain bin instead of the thing my friends wouldn't shut up about. All of this isn't to say Halo is bad, I have lost many hours to playing this with my friends, Halo was just not as interesting to me as other games when I was a kid

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