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Shaw University Students Protest Poor Security

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RALEIGH — Security has begun to improve after studentsfrom Shaw University held a protestmarch Wednesday night, demonstrating against what they say is a lack ofproper security at the school. Protesters say several recent incidentssparked their concern.

The most recent occurred Tuesday afternoon when a man was foundwandering around in one of the women-only dormitories. He was discoveredlooking into the showers.

The students say there have been several such lapses in security and that makes them feel unsafe.

University President, Dr. Talbot Shaw came out and had a brief, butheated exchange with one of the demonstrators.

Students had two specific demands. They say they want more guards andalarms on the doors. A group representing the protesters visited PresidentShaw's office to talk more about their safety.

Thursday, university officials addressed students' concerns openly,promising to increase security. They said extrasecurity would be added to dormitories at night and that doors and gateswould be kept closed and locked.

Executive Vice President Dr. Ernest Pickens said students' demandswill be met.

Pickens adds that officials have also agreed to investigate thepossibility of installing alarm and intercom systems in key areas.

Officials say they have done other things to try to increase security,including mounting cameras on the outside of several buildings, increasing lighting in some areas, and adding more security guards.

They have also agreed to meet with student leaders on a monthly basisto discuss security and other issues of concern to students.

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