Suffolk Students Watch Their Backs


By Brandon Mazzei

It has been said that “he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” While it remains unsure whether or not Dr. Samuel Johnson had Suffolk Community College in mind when he authored those words, they remain as prolific as they’ve ever been even centuries after their origination.

At the heart of every decadent society lies the cardinal desire to abandon all rational thought and behave like a beast. On the brink of moral decline, Suffolk Community College is one such society that has been poisoned by the sweet nectar of vice.

College life itself is a paradox of sorts, as often the years reserved for the highest degree of understanding and moral betterment give way to the most appalling acts of self exploration and moral deviance. While this may benefit students who attend community college’s in search of wild orgies and other sadistic rituals, there remains a more civilized student population that is appalled at the desperate cat calls that lurk around every corner.

The stench of sex is often too potent to be ignored when patrolling the hallowed halls of Suffolk, as men and women alike can be found competing for the opportunity to impress prospective mates. As subtle as a herd of wild dogs in heat, students gather in packs, shamelessly awaiting whatever sexual gratification that fate may bestow upon them. Men are especially eager to indulge their primal urges, willfully trading their dignity in exchange for a pick up line that may lead to pillow talk.

“I think it’s disgusting when older men try to hit on me as I walk to my car alone at night,” revealed Katie Higgins, an 18 year old Suffolk student who has witnessed sexual desire rear its ugly head more than once on campus.

“Walking in the dark through a dimly lit parking lot is bad enough after my night classes, but being hit on from a distance by men that I have no interest in approaching scares me. To make matters worse, there are hardly ever parking spaces close to the buildings. Even the call box is far from the main four buildings, god forbid I would ever actually need to use it,” she explained.

While issues such as rape are not as prevelant at Suffolk as they are at other colleges across the country, the possibility of such a crime weighs heavily on the mind of many women who navigate the campus on their own.

Higgins is not alone, as a recent poll conducted on campus revealed that out of 50 students polled, 14 of them said that they felt unsafe on campus, which equates to 28 percent of students polled. Another similar poll resulted in 20 percent of students stating that they believe security on campus is inadequate.

When questioned, a security officer who wished to remain anonymous stated that “it is impossible for us to patrol every part of the campus at all times, it’s not realistic. We do the best job we can do, but that’s not to say some students may not feel unsafe while on campus, especially at night.”

One student who conveyed no worriment in regards to his personal safety on campus was Robert Zeph, a 19-year-old currently attending Suffolk. “I have no problem walking to my car in the dark, but it’s annoying to have to walk the length of the parking lot just to get to my car because there’s never any parking spots.” The availability of call boxes on campus are so miniscule that students like, Zeph seemed oblivious to their existence stating that he had “never seen one.”

While Zeph may embody the sentiments of most men on campus, it is important to remember that men are generally the ones who are overly anxious to initiate socialization with a female, which often frightens the very same women they were hoping to impress.

Human attraction dictates that females may never feel entirely safe on college campuses, but there are incentives that could be taken to provide Suffolk with a much safer atmosphere.

These measures, though costly, could prove invaluable as it pertains to student’s quality of life. By installing more lights throughout Suffolk’s parking fields, as well as bolstering up security forces and making call boxes more readily available, some student’s may be able to take the anxiety out of the daily trips to and from their cars in the dark.

Some may argue that the fiscal cost would outweigh the possible benefits, but there is truly no monetary value that can be placed upon peace of mind.

One response

  1. Very interesting article.

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