Bowles Hall Gets Security Monitor for First Time
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
For the first time in Bowles Hall's 74-year history, the all-male residence hall stationed a security monitor at its main entrance this fall-a move some residents said may change the hall's rowdier culture.
The nighttime safety measures bring Bowles' security closer to the level of every other university residence hall, where security monitors have long been a fixture of dorm life.
Continued parent complaint and an increase in funds prompted the new security measures, said Elvin Freytes, residential director for Bowles and Stern halls.
In the past a security person "roved through" Bowles hall nightly, said UC Police Sgt. Brenda Flores.
But with 11 building entrances, designing a secure system was difficult, Bowles officials said.
Still, unlike all other residence halls where the security shift begins at 5 p.m., Bowles' entrance remains unmonitored until 10 p.m.
Although Bowles has not experienced a significant amount of crime, the hall has fallen victim to vandalism, theft of common-room furniture, and invasions by nonresidents, according to UC Police.
University officials hope the security monitor will deter any major problems.
With so many entrances and only one security monitor that does not swipe in residents with identification cards, some residents are skeptical about the new program's effectiveness.
"I didn't even know we had security," said freshman Matt Hakimi.
Second-year resident and health worker Jason Burns objected to the security, comparing it to "baby-sitting."
"Bowles has always been pretty rambunctious, and I think it's just a way to cut down on that-give it a figurehead authority and stop the Bowles men from being so wild," Burns said. "Personally, I don't think it's worth it and that it's a waste of time."
University officials said, however, their intentions are pure.
"The security monitors were put in place for the protection of the students, not to monitor their behavior," said Martin Takimoto, who works for the university's residential and student services programs.
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