New Southeast dorms present security concerns

By Tyler Profilet - email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. (KFVS) - The construction of a new residence hall on the corner of Broadway and Henderson gives the entrance to Southeast Missouri State University a new look.  It also provides possibly the best view into Houck Stadium.
From several rooms on the west side, students will have a bird's eye view of Southeast Athletics.
"Our new and returning students jumped at those quickly and that hopefully means good things for our athletic program too," said SEMO Residential Life Director Bruce Skinner.
But students being so close to the action from the comfort of their rooms does present potential problems.
"College students, open windows, they want to open the screens, call out to the opposing team.  Yes, we will be watching to make sure they are appropriately showing their Southeast spirit," Skinner said.
Another possible problem is several common areas inside the dorm will be open to the public on gamedays.
The rooms were designed so every inch is visible by one of 20 security cameras.
But with so many fans inside the building, keeping students safe is a concern, so you'll need a key card like the ones you see in hotels to enter student living spaces.
"We know when you're entering, when you're leaving. If you lose your card we can deactivate it instantly," said Skinner.
Students moving into the new halls say along with the additional security, the cards are also convenient.
"You'll be holding food and your books and trying to shuffle through finding your keys and it's so much easier just to swipe it," said Sophomore Sarah Markwell.
Southeast students will begin moving into the residence halls on Thursday for classes beginning Monday.

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