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Originally called the annual Crime and Safety Awareness Fair, the updated campus safety event returned to KSC with a new name and look. 

         The Campus Night Out event was held on Appian Way from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Ian Matheson, a campus safety officer who in large part helped set up the event, described it as a way for students to find out more about the resources available besides Campus Safety and local Keene public safety agencies. He said it is “a space to break down barriers, have conversations, talk about different resources [and] what different departments do.”  

         Matheson said the event took a more external approach this year, meaning it would be expanded beyond just Campus Safety, Keene Police and the Fire Department. According to Matheson, the event hasn’t been held in about five or six years.

         Matheson said, “Students go off campus all the time, so they should know the different resources that are out there.”

         Different organizations, including Fish and Game, the National Guard, and 9-1-1 operators, had tables set up along Appian Way to showcase what they do.  At the table with Fish and Game was Jayke Benvenuti, well-known personality of ‘North Woods Law’, an Animal Planet reality series that follows the Maine Warden Service throughout the hunting season.

         Additionally, the Teamsters Local 633 were handing out hotdogs and cookies by the Dining Commons. 

Senior Meghan Brien said her friends let her know about the event that was taking place, and she decided to go and check it out with them. “I think it’s very nice how it’s all set up, how you don’t feel forced to be engaged right away, you can kind of just wander and see what interests you. Everyone’s given a lot of helpful information,” said Brien.

Junior Connor Patterson, a criminal justice major, said he went to the event to network with the different agencies that were showcased at Campus Night Out. “I love [that] it gives students an opportunity to see what’s available, [make] connections,” said Patterson.

Likewise, sophomore Gradi Bilolo visited the event on her way to get food, and the National Guard caught her attention. “I liked the National Guard Table [so] I wanted to learn more about it,” said Bilolo.

Senior Brii Villa said she was having an off day that day and just wanted to get out of her dorm. She said she learned a lot from visiting all the tables around the event. “One of the tables gave us background on overdose and Narcan…the pros of having it, unfortunately with everything going on, you can never be too safe,” said Villa.

Matheson noted that many students may not know that you can text 9-1-1 in case of an emergency rather than calling.

Tim Bruns can be contacted at

tbruns@kscequinox.com

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