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Striving for better safety
The STRIVE (Students Reducing Violence Through Education) program has launched a video and poster campaign aimed at dating violence.
Chantal Phillips, program co-ordinator, said she hopes to capture the interest of new students who are not familiar with the services available on campus. She said the videos are five to 10 minutes in length and can be seen on TV Western in the fall, as well as on the Student Development Centre's web site.
Phillips explained that since 1992, the program has put great emphasis on prevention of violence. "Nobody can estimate dating violence," Phillips said. "It's better to look at supporting each other."
Keeping in touch with off campus
The Housing Mediation Office has launched an innovative newsletter, in an attempt to better equip Western students for off-campus living.
Housing mediation officer Glenn Matthews, said he has compiled the first installment of the Western Off-Campus News, which provides tips and phone numbers valuable for those living outside of residence. The newsletter, which will be distributed by email, addresses Homecoming issues, garbage collection and the availability of Off-Campus Advisors, was sent out on Tuesday to all off-campus undergraduates, he said. Matthews added each of the five issues planned for this year will tackle a range of concerns from roommate selection to theft prevention.
Frequently, Housing Mediation officials are alerted only when a problem has escalated beyond control, he said. The newsletter is an effort to reverse this pattern, providing advice to students before they find themselves in problem situations.