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Living on Mars

Posted on 03 November 2016 by admin

Colonizing Space Through the New Frontier Continue Reading

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The Secret Life of Campus

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The Secret Life of Campus

Posted on 29 September 2016 by admin

A Weekend at Meramec Continue Reading

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Club sports on the rise at Meramec

Club sports on the rise at Meramec

Posted on 20 September 2016 by admin

Campus Life has seen increased interest in athletics from students. While club sports don’t receive the same funding as recognized team sports, students continue to play any way they can. Continue Reading

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Fifteen years after 9/11: how Islam is discussed at Meramec

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Fifteen years after 9/11: how Islam is discussed at Meramec

Posted on 31 August 2016 by admin

Student Noura Abdelghafoor and History Professor Robert Lee shed light on misconceptions
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Steps toward safety

Posted on 22 April 2016 by admin

 

By: JAMES CLAIBORNE
Staff Writer

 

Mark Potratz, STLCC director of the department for public safety and emergency management, said that being very cautious is a must in regards to safety.

“For any type of event that involves sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence and any of those types of things – some of the basic precautions that a person could do is number one, be very cautious in going into unknown areas or being alone with unknown people,” Potratz said.

Safety is a number, Potratz said. It is always good to go to places with one or more friends or stay in a group. It is also good to have others who are a resource to you know what your plans are for that evening.

Anytime an individual may have a gut feeling or instinct that they are not safe where they are or who they are with, they should trust that feeling, Potratz said.

“If you engage in some type of contact or behavior with an individual who is making remarks that make you feel like you are being sexual harassed or in some way being made uncomfortable, remove yourself from that setting,” Potratz said. “Get away from that person, go to a safe public location and join a group of friends where you are away from that individual. If it has occurred on the college campus, we want to know about it – we encourage reporting.” Contact campus police to learn more.

 

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How to handle misconduct on campus – report and resolve

Posted on 22 April 2016 by admin

 

By: DALILA KAHVEDZIC
Editor-In-Chief

 

Sexual assault awareness is an important issue for the community, William Woodward said, STLCC’s Title IX Coordinator.

Woodward spoke at Meramec’s sexual assault harassment awareness forum held on Wednesday, April 6, on the Meramec campus.

This effort started last year, Woodward said.

“We wanted to make sure that we continue it because it is an important issue for us as a community,” Woodward said. “We do these forums throughout the college as a part of sexual assault awareness month – as the Title IX coordinator, it is my responsibility to make sure that we as a college are responding appropriately to issues regarding sexual misconduct on campus.”

STLCC’s administration really wanted to highlight what resources are available to students and staff on campus. Not only should these resources stay on the campus – but they should go home to friends and family as well, Woodward said.

“Neighbors or family members may also be impacted by these issues, so we know that it’s important to have information on community resources that those numbers can utilize as well and have available to them,” Woodward said. “And so that’s what I feel like is our responsibility as a community college.”

Chief of campus police, Anthony Russo, spoke at the forum as well.

“The family violence center – they’re our partners. You don’t realize what a great deal that is for the St. Louis Community College. They really represent over 25 organizations that are all there for our support – for victim support, for community support,” Russo said.

The phenomena in domestic violence are the victims, Russo said.

“They [victims] tell someone to kind of burn it off their shoulder – they feel better and think, ‘ah, I’m not going to go report it’ and a lot of things would go unreported,” Russo said.

The campus police have a lot of authority to do certain things, Russo said, but when it comes to really giving support and helping people, sometimes the best thing to do is call a professional in.

“Your air conditioner is broken – you call an HVAC person in. Well these are our pros; they’re the ones that we call when we need support and it’s in addition to all the support we have on campus. They work in connection with our council, it’s just another resource for us to go to,” Russo said. “We prefer that you report it to the police but there’s a lot of times where people are just apprehensive to tell the police something.”

Reporting any misconduct is important, Russo said.

“It’s like anything else – you have people walking up and down your street – it’s important to report it to the police so they can start seeing a pattern,” Russo said. “It’s the same thing on the campus with sexual violence, domestic violence – and that includes anything away from campus. Someone comes in and says they were in Arnold, MO and their spouse slapped them and they have an obvious injury – or not – you have to report that.”

Sometimes the victim may be a little reluctant, but that is where the counselors come in big time and talk the individual down the right path to getting help, Russo said.

“If you would rather have this remain confidential, we encourage you to talk with one of our counseling staff members and through the counseling process – make some determination.”

If a victim chooses to remain anonymous, there are ways around that to still help the situation while keeping the victim anonymous, Russo said.

“We actually had a female come in and she said, ‘I want to report this but I want to remain anonymous,’ and we knew who she was, but you know what? We guaranteed her anonymity. Unless you tell someone else, we’re not telling anybody. We investigated it and fortunately, we got a positive outcome,” Russo said. “We got support for the student – that’s the positive outcome.”

To know what is going on around campus is what campus police is here for, Russo said.

“We want to know what’s going on on this campus, but we want to know who we need to keep our eyes on. We might not be able to arrest them or do whatever, but we can certainly do that police thing – I got my eyes on you – you know, and kind of get in their space a little bit,” Russo said. “It’s about the students getting the support that they need.”

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Understanding Autism

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Understanding Autism

Posted on 30 March 2016 by admin

Autism: A voice from the students

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The iPhone Contingency

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The iPhone Contingency

Posted on 14 March 2016 by admin

Phone privacy and Apple vs. FBI explained

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The Facts of Heroin

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The Facts of Heroin

Posted on 25 February 2016 by admin

A brief history, a life saving drug for overdose, and how to get help

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Do dating apps lead to successful relationships?

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Do dating apps lead to successful relationships?

Posted on 06 February 2016 by admin

Dating apps & sex

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