“I just started taking personal measures for safety,” Hoefer said. “That’s really all you can do, is to try to be smart about who you’re with, what you do, and who you bring back to the dorms. Part of my moving did have to do with my safety.”
The aim of N.I.T.E Walk is to do just that: improve safety. Members of the group, Physical Plant and staff gathered at Crescent Hill at 8:30 p.m. to separate into groups divided into sections on campus. Officer Michael Tinney. Lt. Charlotte Domingo and Officer Scott Parker represented University Police at the event.
Juniper-Poplar, Cooper Hall, Greek Village, Mental Health, Theater, Alzhiemer’s Institute, and the Andros Complex were surveyed.
Each group was assigned a member of N.I.T.E to lead them on a tour around their assigned area. N.I.T.E president Michael Awbry told students to look for any aspect of the USF campus environment that may be unsafe.
“You’re going to be looking for anything unsafe, whether it’s cracks in the sidewalks, streetlights or sidewalk lamps that are out, a hedge that needs to be trimmed back . . . anything and everything that you think needs to be improved,” Awbry told the group.
Once the sections were divided, the group leaders carried their clipboards containing maps of their areas and room for “repair” and “wish” lists and the inspections began. Items that could be fixed quickly, like overgrown hedges and lightbulb changes, belonged on the repair list. Wish list items were reserved for items that the students wanted to implement on campus, like more blue lights or creating a sidewalk down an already-worn path.
In Hoefer’s section at the Andros Complex, the biggest issue was lack of proper lighting on pathways. Some areas, like outside the Andros Dining Hall, were well-lit, while others directly behind the dining hall were very dark and contained outdated light fixtures.
Hayley Mitchell, a freshman elementary education major and member of Hoefer’s group, commutes to USF from Sefner but still attended the event to learn about N.I.T.E.
The groups were given an hour to survey their areas and return with their findings. Awbry collected the clipboards, making sure that the descriptions were specific so that members of Physical Plant can carry out the changes accurately and quickly.
“We want to write down everything and anything that you think we should,” Awbry emphasized, showing that he wants every possible obstacle to student safety on campus to be addressed.