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By: Sally Andarge, Staff Reporter
Living on campus news tends to spread pretty quickly, especially considering what a small community Regis is, and our generation's knack at social media. But, our Regis University Alert system, seems to often be the last source of information.
The morning of October 29th a couple of Snapchats made their way around campus, one person at a time. The images and videos depicted the several cars that had been broken into behind West Hall the night before. Soon after it came out that the Main Café had also been broken into and vandalized as well. The good thing is that people were well informed and most students chose to move their cars for the weekend, just to be safe.
Four days later, an RU Alert was sent out via email. The email explained what had happened and that there is a police investigation currently taking place. There was also a warning with some safety tips included in the email, the only problem was that the email had come four days too late. A majority of students had already taken precautionary measures to ensure that their cars weren’t vandalized as well.
Another thing people have been noticing about the RU Alert System is that we receive alerts from every Regis campus. For example, last Wednesday, everyone that was subscribed to the RU Alert system received an email explaining that the Thornton campus was on lockdown due to a shooting in the area. Many people were surprised to see that they were seeing this warning considering it didn’t really have any connection to campus life, here at the North-Western Denver campus, but everyone got it none the less. But we don’t just get the big notifications, we also get the small ones like emails about other campuses being closed for the day.
Of course, with a text message and email system like RU Alert, there are bound to be roadblocks and glitches along the way and the system has alerted students of some pretty serious ongoings near or on campus in the past. RU Alert is one of the many ways to keep informed and stay safe on campus and will continue to be for years to come.