Troy University Safety

Troy University's Security Seems More Interested In Parking Tickets Than Protecting Students From Armed Robbery

It irks me to see more security out during the day, ticketing cars, than at night making sure students stay safe on campus.


As a Troy student, I'm sure by now we've all heard about the student who was robbed at gunpoint on campus late Wednesday night. If you haven't heard, well yes, a student was robbed at gunpoint on the campus.

Now, of course, I'm not crazy enough to think that any city will ever be 100% crime free. However, the school that we pay thousands to each year should be doing more to ensure the safety of its students.

It's been roughly two days since the incident took place. Ever since I heard the news about the robbery, I've taken notice of the number of campus security officers riding around throughout the day, ticketing cars parked in the wrong lots. Do you know what I haven't seen? Security at night. I haven't just seen a campus policeman at night, patrolling, watching out for the students who live on campus that have to walk to the dining hall to eat each night.

I'm not saying that there is absolutely no one around at night, but I've been at Troy for over a year...and I have yet to see a nighttime campus policeman at night.

On Troy's campus police website, it does say that there are police available 24/7. However, these patrolmen should be more noticeable. If your students don't see you from time to time and know that you're there, how will they know you're actually available to them?

The campus library doesn't close until 2 a.m. on most days of the week. Coincidently, this is where the armed robbery took place on our campus. This area of campus isn't exactly well lit so it makes sense that this is where the perpetrator waited to strike. We need patrolmen in places like this.

I know that every single one can't be on duty all the time and they can't be everywhere all the time; however, the priority of campus police SHOULD NOT be parking tickets. It should be the safety of each student.

I'm not saying that this on campus robbery could have been avoided, but the presence of more police officers on campus can help scare away any potential threats. If there is a high risk of being caught, most of these criminals won't target us.

I just think that as a university, we can do better.

This school has so many sources of income, and I believe that some of it should be put towards improving the overall safety of the Troy students. There are blue light polls spread throughout campus in case of emergency, but these lights are placed at random spots throughout campus. There should be more, and they should be placed in places that are highly populated. For instance, we should have them outside of the dining halls, around TC, near the dorms, etc.

It's time that we start spending more time protecting students, rather than ticketing every one of them that parked in the wrong lot.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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