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  • I think that if you get a fine, for doing something you knowingly did, shut up and just pay it, yes there’s other stuff happening on campus but quit being such a baby and just address the concequences of your actions.. lol

  • I understand why all of you are assuming that we are just griping about the situation because yes, there is a big white sign telling us that we will be fined if we jaywalk.

    However, before making assumptions that we are making this situation all about ourselves because of getting fined, you may not know what other vital issues have been ignored consistently over time on campus that has caused a lot more danger and harm than jaywalking.

    We are upset that the reported sexual assault cases are never handled or resolved (they even let a rapist charged with 4th degree sexual assault and went to JAIL for it back onto campus to complete his final quarter, ignoring the thousands of sexual assault survivors concerns about their safety when they took the time and courage to open up about their experiences to the admin and campus police). We are upset that a serial masturbator and peeping Tom have been getting away with sexual harassment and violating the privacy of many homes for MONTHS and literally no action has been taken.
    We are upset that death threats have been made to people of color on campus in Fall 2015 and all they did was write a letter about it rather than making steps to make the campus safer for students of color… oh and they let a white supremacist group come to campus to talk to us about why we should allow guns on campus right after the death threats were investigated. Admin and police have never brought it up or took any further action after finding out who it was. Many students of color dropped out because there was no further action or proof that their safety was a priority by campus police.

    There are several other issues that have been dangerous for many of the students on campus that keep getting put on the back burner. We are angry because they choose to prioritize their time handing out jaywalking tickets than addressing the issues that consistently happen that out us at risks and ignore us when we report it or voice our concerns.

    Please keep all of this in mind and try to put yourself in our shoes for a second before telling us that we need to grow up and deal with it. Even if any of this doesn’t change your mind, so be it. Just know that if we had the support of the off campus community, maybe they would take the bigger issues we face more seriously. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  • The police are separate from parking enforcement. There is also no reason to think that in the middle of the day they are spread so thin that they can’t manage the other crimes cited while also enforcing this one. Do some actual research if you’re going to call yourself a journalist.

  • Help me out with this please… Are you saying even though there is a BIG white sign there that literally states that you are breaking the law and spells out for you that what you are doing could get you a $68.00 ticket – you STILL do it. And then you complain about it. What is this world coming to? Show a little respect for yourself and others out on the road including the motor vehicles that have rights too. No matter what you all think – this world is NOT all about you!

    • I can help you out John. How about taking the perspective of a student who doesn’t have 70 dollars, who every day before April 12 has jaywalked and witnessed other students jaywalking that specific street because 1 it’s short, 2 there are no cars around, and 3 the red hand was BLINKING, so they proceeded to cross because 80% of our campus jaywalks there anyway. This student gets no warning, is expected to see the new sign in a crowd of people and gets a fine. The officers give no kind explanation to her or the Two other POC they spot in the crowd of students doing the same thing.
      Personally, I’ve never seen cops on campus besides giving parking tickets. Never for sexual assault, never for threats. With all due respect, the police, and the campus, should straighten their priorities.
      Hope that helped.

      • Lets not make excuses, lets just follow the laws and be good respectable citizens. We have to start somewhere…

  • I really thought that by the time you got to college a student should be able to read and exercise a little common sense judgement.
    So the police make a sign that states the law and the consequences of a violation of that law and you can see the police cars and the officers standing there. So you decide to cross anyway and you get a ticket. So it’s the officers fault that you got caught and got a ticket. That makes perfect sense. What a bunch of winers. Oh, you mentioned did they have something better to do? They can always have something better to do from what it is they are doing at the time. Let’s hope that it’s not a shooter on the campus because they will be the first ones to rush in and take down the shooter to save your life.

  • Great good to see WWU handing out tickets. Better than me running some one over. Stupid hurts in this case Stupid costs 68 dollars. Strong work WWU police

  • I agree that sexual assault, hate speech, and antisemitism are all more important issues! However, safety and fairness are also important. I was driving and stopped at that intersection, but not one car was able to get through in spite of the green light because students were crossing right up until the light changed. I was worried an impatient driver in front of me might try to squeeze their way between pedestrians in the crosswalk and get someone hurt. I am glad the university is paying attention to this. I hope those students are able to get their fines removed or reduced, and that everyone is careful and shares the road at this intersection.

    • Thank you, Vickie, for at least sharing your opinion on why you feel this issue was important to address rather than responding by saying we don’t have any common sense or that we are a bunch of winers.

      At least you seem to be concerned for our safety, thank you for opening up the conversation in a more civil way.

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