Our View

” It seems that all our paper, and the surrounding papers in the area, have been able to report about the University of Akron is negative. Throughout the fall semester, rapes, crimes and bomb threats filled the front page of our newspaper. Unfortunately, this will be the case again to start the Spring term.”

It seems that all our paper, and the surrounding papers in the area, have been able to report about the University of Akron is negative.

Throughout the fall semester, rapes, crimes and bomb threats filled the front page of our newspaper.

Unfortunately, this will be the case again to start the Spring term.

While many of our readers got tired of reading the negative publicity about UA, reporting it was our job and the job of other papers in the area.

When Christoper Butts was arrested on three accounts of rape Jan. 10, students, parents, teachers and everyone in the city breathed a sigh of relief.

His arrest put UA’s perspective from the public eye in a bind,though.

On one account, a person can see the arrest as a great thing. The rapist was caught and the neighborhoods around campus and campus itself became a much safer place.

From another perspective, one could simply view UA as a dangerous place to be that is susceptible to attacks like these.

We believe that his arrest gives the university a chance to help fight the problems on and around campus even more.

Though the streets are safer, there is still a lot of work to do.

If UA wants to cleanse the negative image that it has at the moment, it needs to be actively involved in making campus and the neighborhoods around campus a much safer place to live and walk to class.

Invest money into lighting the campus more at night, especially down East Exhange and the areas close to it.

A lot of the students who are paying massive amounts of tuition are walking to class through these dangerous areas.

The least UA can do is help keep everyone safe, not just students who live in the dorms.