By Amberly Holden
The MTSU Student Government Association passed a resolution to add video surveillance to parking lots by the library, Scarlett Commons and Womack Lane in this week’s formal Senate meeting by a nearly unanimous voice vote. This seems like yet another addition to the new culture of being watched all the time. It’s important that you make sure you’re aware of the consequences of this for example by visiting websafetyadvice.com to learn about internet surveillance.
The bill, as initially presented by Sen. Austin Wood in last week’s caucus, suggested that every lot on campus be equipped with surveillance cameras.
He revised the bill based on several senators’ complaints that this was too drastic and expensive a measure.
He said he chose the three lots with the highest incidence of crime based on his own research of MTSU police reports.
While these changes were never actually incorporated into the writing of the amendments, these specific details allowed Senator Woods and the rest of the Senate to reach an agreement on the proposition.
Sen. Dylan Bogle, who works as a dispatcher with campus police, was the sole opposer to the resolution.
“I voted ‘no’ for this resolution simply because the sponsor failed to identify specific areas in the parking lots he deemed to be most effective,” Bogle said. He praised Wood’s research efforts, but also wondered if video surveillance was an effective deterrent to crime.
“The resolution also failed to list a specific number of cameras that it would take to accomplish the coverage the sponsor desired,” he said. “Had those two points been addressed I would have been in support of the resolution.”
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