MU to inform students on safety poles

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:36 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

For MU students walking around campus at night, blue can be the color of safety. Today, the Missouri Students Association and the MU Police Department will show students why.

A mock incident and demonstration of the emergency poles around campus — sometimes referred to as blue lights — will occur at 5 p.m. at the north end of Francis Quadrangle.

There are 175 of the emergency poles on campus. The poles not only allow a student in danger to talk to a dispatcher by pressing a button, but also ensure immediate response from the police.

“If a student ran away, (MUPD) would respond no matter what,” said MSA officer Greg Chase.

The organizers of the demonstration hope to educate students on the use of the emergency poles throughout campus.

“Most students are unaware of the many uses of the blue lights,” Chase said.

Chase organized a similar display last April that was mostly for the benefit of the MU student government. He said interest in similar presentations over the course of MU’s Summer Welcome program for incoming freshman led MSA to put on today’s demonstration.

“I thought I would expand the idea to the student body,” Chase said.

Chase said he hopes the exhibition will help students in need feel comfortable using the poles.

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