Students have complained about the lack of lighting on campus, reporting that lights have been turning off during nighttime hours and only turning on when someone walks by. The campus has between 1,400 and 1,500 street lights spread through out campus, but students feel it is still "not safe." Reagan Allen // DN
Faulty campus lights cause concern
There are around 1,500 street lights spread through out campus and recent student reports have not be positive.
Reports have surfaced that say the lights around campus have been turning off during nighttime hours and only turn on when someone walks by, like they were being activated by motion sensors.
These reports have been disputed by Jim Lowe, associate vice president for facilities planning and management.
Lowe said that campus lights do not use motion sensors and are designed to turn on when it gets dark and turn off when the sun comes up.
“If, in fact, a light turns on or off, or flickers, its typically a symptom of a bad lamp or ballast,” Lowe said.
However, many students have had experiences with lights being off when the should be on or turning on as they pass by.
Cassie Lindemeyer, a senior education major says she has had problems with the lights.
“I've had problems with lights when I walk by them turning off,” Lindemeyer said. “That scares the crap out of me.”
Word of lights turning off has brought about questions of campus safety.
New Student Government Association senator Sam Solomon has included improving campus street lights in her agenda.
“I think that we need to make the street lights way brighter and a lot more liable because they do not work very well at all,” Solomon said. “Especially [when] there are students walking around at night. ... it's not safe.”
Lowe encourages students to report lights that are flickering or not working and says if facilities doesn't know about them, then they can’t fix them.