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February 15, 2008
Vol. 49 No. 15

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Thievery and laziness don't go together

In a column in last week's Forum page of The Crusader, Megan Will questioned the laziness of America's thieves.

While the initial issue of a man stealing from an elderly woman with Alzheimer's is certainly a terrible thing, the rest of the article's argument lacked any supportive or correlating evidence.

First of all, we believe the term "lazy" would be an inappropriate way to describe the thief. With new technology, such as video cameras and security tags, the law is surely getting "smarter."

So why would you go through all that trouble and risk getting caught at Sheetz? Certainly a "good" thief would not want to draw attention to his or herself.

If this man at the nursing home had not been caught, he most likely would have had a greater chance of succeeding rather than attempting to rob a bank or gas station.
Therefore, from a thief's perspective, stealing from "the invalid" would actually be a smart idea. That's certainly not lazy.

But that is strictly hypothetical; stealing, in all cases, is an immoral thing to do, and we do not promote it.

However, we got the impression from Will's article that stealing was okay, just as long as Americans have "the motivation and will power to steal from convenience store clerks and bank tellers."

After hearing the nursing home story, we would have questioned this man's morality, not his ability to steal.

Second, it is ludicrous to correlate "lazy thieves" with overweight and technology-addicted Americans. The obesity rate in America is a problem, surely, but it has nothing to do with Americans who steal.

It creates a huge generalization that assumes all lazy people eat fast food and vice versa, and the argument furthers negative stereotypes about Americans.

Additionally, it has nothing to do with Will's supposed argument; all it does is create confusion.

Also, comparing the growth of technology and "lazy stealing" does not make sense. Will used the example that we Americans "no longer build our own fires in our fireplaces, we must resort to gas fireplaces with remote controls."

Most natural gas fireplaces are actually environmentally friendly, as they produce fewer toxins and don't involve cutting down trees.

If you correlate lazy thieves and problems in society with the growth and reliance on technology, we suggest you reevaluate your own life, and perhaps don't type your stories on a computer, use a cell phone, or even use a credit card.

Thieves exist everywhere; they are not exclusively found in the United States. And crimes similar to the one being debated occur in other countries as well.
It is ridiculous to perpetuate the idea that a crime such as this could only occur here in America, with our supposed lazy indifference and cheeseburger-in-hand.

--Lauren Williams '10, and Rebecca Swanger, '10

Icy campus poses safety hazard

I have been at this school for four years, and while I have yet to see Susquehanna deal with a weather crisis with any semblance of preparation, I thought that Wednesday, Feb. 13 was a particular failure.

When I woke up at 8 a.m., I checked my e-mail and the school's Web site to see if any of my classes had been cancelled. None of them were, so I started getting dressed for my 8:45 a.m. class. The second I stepped outside, I knew this was going to be a bad morning.
The entire road and sidewalk was a total sheet of ice. While I simply stood at my door at Sassafras Complex, looking around in shock, I saw two other students fall on the icy, slippery hill down towards campus.

I thought that perhaps the reason the sidewalks had not been treated was just because the complex was so far removed from the rest of campus, and surely the main sidewalks would be better. I was wrong.

Every sidewalk and road on campus was completely covered in a thick layer of ice that was enough to cause another three students to fall as I took 15 minutes to walk what is normally a five-minute walk to Spanish class.

The walk back to Degenstein Campus Center after class was even worse. The stairs into the basement had not even been looked at.

Also, students with crutches and wheel chairs appeared to be particularly frightened of the prospect of navigating the campus.

In meteorological situations like this, Susquehanna either needs to cancel classes to allow students to stay home where they are safe or put into place some sort of safety measure that will prevent the campus from becoming a dangerous place.

I don't mind going to class, but I don't want to have to spend the entire walk there worried that I am going to be seriously injured by falling on ice that could have been dealt with by simply salting the walks or even dragging a shovel over them.
We have seminar after seminar on how to protect ourselves from burglary, theft and personal violence, and yet whenever we are hit with ice or snow, this campus becomes extremely dangerous.

It's continually frustrating that no efforts seem to be taken to make it any less so.

--Kitty Eckert '08

Students give Susquehanna a bad rep

Until now, I've often wondered why the citizens of Selinsgrove have a negative opinion of the students at Susquehanna. I work at the Selinsgrove Community Library, and I'm always somewhat amazed when patrons find out I'm a Susquehanna student. A common response is, "Wow, you're so nice!"

Well, today, I think I got a taste of the serious disrespect that some students show the community, giving a bad name to all of us. It has just snowed, iced and rained for the past two days, and everything is still pretty wet. I'm walking into town on my way to work, wearing nice clothes and trying to miss the major puddles, despite my snow boots.

I had just finished crossing the street perpendicular to University Avenue when a dark green Jeep Cherokee comes my way. The next thing I know, the driver, a male, decides it would be fun to ride the curb and completely cover me in slush, water and snow. I turn around, and what do I see? A Susquehanna parking sticker, and for some reason, I wasn't surprised.

Not only am I now completely soaked, but I'm also covered in cinders and salt that had been pushed off the road all day. These boys (there were passengers in the car), for some immature reason, decided it would be worth it, for a few minutes of laughter, to completely ruin someone else's day.

Did they possibly even think that I had a while to walk, in below-freezing weather, utterly soaked? So I had to go on to work, drenched, in ruined pants, where I had to look presentable to help patrons all night.

The utter immaturity of some of the students on this campus completely astounds me. As a result of the complete childishness and irresponsibly of a few students, it is no shock that the town hates the students as a whole.

-- Michelle Sullivan '09

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