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Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
After the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech last April, colleges went shopping for hardware. They bought sirens, mass-messaging systems, surveillance cameras, and door locks. Some colleges armed their police departments for the first time. Others added assault rifles to their arsenals. "Active shooter" drills happened everywhere. As administrators…
Descriptors: Emotional Problems, School Security, Police, Depression (Psychology)
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This month a company in Spokane, Washington, plans to release "Shots Fired on Campus," an instructional DVD with strategies for preventing and surviving a gun rampage. About 50 colleges have ordered the video, and its creators expect to sell several hundred more this fall. Since the massacre at Virginia Tech last year, colleges everywhere have…
Descriptors: Colleges, Campuses, School Safety, Educational Environment
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A gentleman does not steal horses, spit food across the table, or pee on peoples' shoes. By that definition, John "Bluto" Blutarsky is not a gentleman, but something more extraordinary. The fictional antihero of "National Lampoon's Animal House," Bluto is a slovenly symbol of irreverence, a bloated personification of the id. Bored by the past and…
Descriptors: Laws, Films, Popular Culture, Fraternities
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Ten months after the massacre at Virginia Tech, colleges of all kinds continue to weigh campus-safety concerns. How can they help troubled students? How should they respond in emergencies? Preventing some campus incidents may involve luck, but responding to them effectively requires planning. Like residential colleges and universities,…
Descriptors: Commuter Colleges, Emergency Programs, Community Colleges, Prevention
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002
Describes how colleges are struggling to find ways to head off the worsening phenomenon of postgame rampages. (EV)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, College Athletics, College Students, Higher Education