Safety summit: MSU students promote awareness

Minot State Universty students were educated about how to stay safe Tuesday, during the first-ever Safety Summit organized by the Community Problem Solving class at MSU.

Josh Sandy, a member of the class, said he and his classmates wanted to promote safety awareness on campus and the importance of taking appropriate precautions to stay safe.

“One thing we say is that safety doesn’t happen by accident,” Sandy said.

Students arranged for community speakers, who gave interactive presentations throughout the summit. Sgt. Margie Zietz of the Minot Police Department spoke about crime prevention and self-protection awareness; Terry Kiser of Nighthawk Security gave self defense demonstrations; Nancy Mickelson of MSU’s Counseling Services and Dawn Reule of MSU’s Rural Crime and Justice Center spoke about alcohol and drugs.

Students at informational booths handed out prizes for students who stopped by and learned more about safety.

Jennifer Gravos said about 15 students had stopped by her booth early in the summit. Students who stopped by had a chance to decorate a whistle with stickers and glitter glue and learn about how blowing a whistle is one way to scare away an attacker.

Alex Malnaa, who had a booth set up about crime statistics in the area, said crime hasn’t actually gone up as much as people think and, in some cases, is actually lower than in years past. The main message is for students to be aware of potential danger and take precautions.

Sandy said student organizers are also encouraging fellow students to make use of services that are available. People who become intoxicated at a party can call the Beaver Bus and get a ride home for a reduced rate. Students were also encouraged to call the campus escort service for an escort to walk them across campus after dark. Numbers for counselors were also handed out.

Sandy said the class will also have a booth at the upcoming MSU at the Mall and will be focused on safety for the community at large.

The Community Problem Solving class is taught by Laurie Geller.