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K-COUNTRV UIINS SLC Historic double wins at confer¬ ence meet SPORTS, page 8 MEMO PROTESTED JC Penney memo protested by organizations FERTURES, page 5 EOT, DRINK & BE SCHRV Rluerujalk hosts hallouieen basil on Oct 31. ARTS & ENTERTRINMENT, page 7 PAi^Ano October 31,1995 VoiumelS, Number23 SERUING THE UNIUERSITV-OF TERRS RT SRN RNTONIO COMMUN rnmmtu Plione problems persist at Oaks By Lindsey Rausch News Editor Residents at the University Oaks Apaitments continue to face problems with the current telephone system which periodically prevents incoming and outgoing calls. Associate Director of University Oaks and Chisholm Hall, J. Stuart Davis, said when phase three of the apartments was completed, the phone system was overloaded ______ causing many problems for the students. "When Fujitsu bought the system from MCI, they inherited all the equip¬ ment," Davis said. "TTie equipment they inherited was not sutlicient enough to handle the load- espe¬ cially with the addition of phase three, and opening as full as we did. We opened at about 98 or 99 percent in capacity." Residents have had problems dialing out and -—^— receiving calls since the semester started. Another concern is the process in which students have to use to call 911. Under the current system, a nine must be dialed before dialing any local number including 911. "I think everyone is experiencing different problems. Some people are having trouble calling in, as well as some jTeople are having trouble calling out," Davis said. Apparently, students have not been able to be reached at certain times during the evening. "Fujitsu says that they are working on the phone situation, the problem with dialing out at night. TTiey sent out fliers and everything, but I haven't seen anything done about it," Fresh¬ man Susanna Driver said. Dri ver said some of her friends have tried to call her but could not get through, and she has tried making calls out and has to wait. "It gets pretty frustrating when you have to call someone and you have to wail for a long time for the phone to work," Driver said. "A lot of people from the Oaks have come together and we have com¬ plained about the problem, and Fujitsu said they are going to work on it now. They offered us a free month's bill because of the problem. Suppos¬ edly they are working on it right now . . orwe will complain again." - Susanna Driver, Freshman Driver said she is happy Fujitsu Is finally going to do something about thc telephone situation. "A lot of people from the Oaks have come together and we have complained about the problem, and Fujitsu said they are going to work on it now. They offered us a free month's bill because of the problem. Supposedly they are working it right now- hopefully it will be soon, though, or we will complain again," Driver said. An upgrading ofthe telephone sys¬ tem is expected i > be completed by Nov. 18. The upgrade will include some enhanced features available to the residents. . "With the new upgrade, students won't have to dial nine to get off cam¬ pus," Davis said. "Right now, if a siudent dials nine and then 911, they get the Oaks address, but not an apart¬ ment location. Now with the new enhanced feature, the call will show up at the emergency dispatcher with an address and apartment number." Another feature will be that stu¬ dents will no longer have to dial seven ^^^^^^ and then their PIN num¬ ber to place a long dis¬ tance call. "Students will be able to receive individual long distance bills for Ihe long distance calls they make, usirtg only their PIN number," Davis said. "When the bill comes, they don't have to go high- light whose longdistance calls are whose- they will be billed individually." Due to the trouble with phones, Fujitsu gave """"¦""• a free month's services. "Students got a free month's ser¬ vice bill in Sept. They were not charged for any service- only long distance," Davis said, Davis said he really believes in Fujitsu as a company. "As soon as Fujitsu began to realize that the system was not capable of, handling the load and all the calls that were coming in and out of this com¬ plex, they immediately began to look at what they needed to do to rectify the situation," Davis said. As far as receiving any more free bills for October, Davis said he is un¬ sure ofwhat the company will do, bul Telephone system problems will hopefully vanish soon with the upgrade scheduled for completion on Nov. 18. he does feel that lhe company has responded quickly to the problem and plans on the upgrades lo be completed next monlh. "This has been another indicator that Fujitsu wants lo do the right thing and make sure that the system is run¬ ning and that people have the service that they arc paying for," Davis said. Until Fujitsu fixes the telephone problems, some ofthe gates around thc complex'will remain open in order to allow workmen in and out. 'The gates are attached so, if a student who docs not iive there and wants to come and visit a friend, thev can. With the prt)blcms that we have been having with thc phones, we have been afraid thai some siudents would not be able to .sec their friends. So, we arc keeping the gales open until the upgrade is compleie." Davis said. Afler the complciion of the upgrade, lhe gales will reniaintliiscd at all times. Awareness and knowledge about crime prevention can result in better student safety By Stephanie Dubick Ste^ Writer Crime is a part of every society, but there are ways to avoid becoming a victim or even a statistic. UTSA crime prevention officer Virginia Paccione specializes in this area. She said, "The most important elements toavoid becoming a victim is to limit alcohol consumption, be aware of surroundings, and stay among friends." Once a crime is committed, the best thing to do, according to Paccione, is to report it. "You should report the crime im¬ mediately. The faster the police are notified, the faster the response," Paccione said. With the newly adopted Concealed Handgun Law, which goes into effect Jan. I, all concealed weapons will still be prohibited on all UTSA property, including University Oaks Apartments, Chisholm Hall, the downtown cam¬ pus, and the Inslilute of Texan Cul¬ tures. The new law allows citizens to own and carry a licensed concealed hand¬ gun, but the Texas Criminal and Ve¬ hicle Handbook still makes it illegal at UTSA. The ciub ROKxz feels It is important to be safe. They offer women escorts to their cars and hire police on weekends. It says (in section 46.03) "A person commits an offense if, with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly goes on the physical premise of a school, and educational institution, or a passenger transporlalion vehicle of a - school or public education, whether the _hool or educa¬ tional institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of lhe institu¬ tion." Violation is a third degree felony and is punishable with two to ten years in prison and/ or a $10,000 fine. As a method of crime pre¬ vention, some have taken self defense classes, but Paccione disagrees with lhe idea. She said, "Self defense may give some a false .sense of secu- ^__. rity." Paccione .stresses the limitation of alcohol as a crime prevention tech¬ nique. She feels that alcohol can lead to victimization and perpetration. "Sexual assaults are mostly done by acquaintances and finvolves] alc.ihol. Know or be aware ofwho you are with. From alcohol consumption, dangers become prevalent," Paccione said. "Other crimes could also increase from alcohol abuse." Statistics have showr at the num¬ berof liquor violation arrests at UTSA have increased over the past three years. In 1992 four arrests were made. In 1993, the number jumped to 26, and in 1994 it almost doubled to 46 arrests. In addiiion, drug violalion arrcsis have increased; however, weapon \ io- lalion arresls decreased. Thc rcccni discovery ofa woman's body dumped at a nearby night club. ROKxz, illustrates that awareness is "I always park in lighted areas, carry my mace, and have my keys out, so I do not have to waste any time. I'm as aware as the next person. I mean, we spend so much time looking for weirdoes hiding in the bushes, some¬ times we miss the obvious." - Carole Goers, Junior the key to safety. Although the domes¬ tic di.spute was not rclaied lo lhe club itself, Ihc desolate area around Ihe club, as well as ihe woody area around cam¬ pus can be a key largei for problems. ROKxz employee Shawn McGovcm .said the club is good aboul monitoring people. "On the weekends, Thursday through Sunday, we have a San Anto¬ nio police dcparlinciil nlTitcr and our slaff palii'lling Ihc :nci\ Wc have never liad an> proliliiii ¦ Wc keep a careful eye on people Id iimiiilur their drinking, ami v\c aie gcuHi nhoiit noi serving drinksto iiiinors We will also call a cab lor those Ihal need one." McOovcrn said. On Oel.31, lhe club, in conjunction wiih fralemi¬ ties and sinoiitics. is having a charity can food drive to suppori local battered women's shelters. Sonic siudenls iry to bc aware of apparent dan¬ gers Senior Kathy Karmes is as precautionary as she can when coming lo campus at night. "Ifl have to come to school al nighl. I try to be careful. I usually bring some¬ one with mc. par|;in lighted areas, walk tasi. and have my keys (Ull and ready." Karmes said. Junior Carole C.'oc'is al.so uses pre- cauiicnary measures. "I always park in lighled areas, carry my mace, and have my keys out so 1 do not have to waste any lime," Coers said. "I'm as aware as the ne a t person. I mean, we spend so much time look¬ ing for weirdoes hiding in the bushes, sometimes we miss Ihe obvious." p 1 i + Be aware i I + Report any crimes immedlatelyi I + Limit alcohol consumption '
|Subject||University of Texas at San Antonio--Periodicals.|
|Description||A digital archive of The Paisano, a student operated newspaper at the University of Texas at San Antonio.|
|Publisher||The Paisano Educational Trust|
|Collection||UTSA Student Publications Collection|
|Coverage||United States; Texas; San Antonio;|
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