LSU is one step closer to sending out mass text messages alerting students and faculty if there is an emergency on campus. After the Virginia Tech massacre last month, LSU decided it needed another way to enhance its campus safety. Students say right now, they get campus news and alerts by e-mail. They say while it sounds like a good idea, they want to know exactly what information the school plans to text them about.
There is one thing that no college student leaves home without and no, the answer is not books. Robert Gunn says, "I don't like calling, it's a pain." Tyana Williams asks, "Quicker to just text?" Gunn replies, "Yeah, especially if you're in class and stuff, when I should probably be learning or whatever." It's that little piece of technology that keeps them connected to the rest of the world, whether they're talking on it or texting.
LSU is using students' cell phones as a way to alert them to emergencies on campus. Rachel Gibbons says, "Oh, I didn't know LSU had done that yet. Have they?" The school says it will only send messages in extreme situations. No one we spoke with is against the idea, especially with the incident at Virginia Tech fresh on their minds. Nathan Carmouche says, "With Virginia Tech and everything happening, I wouldn't want to be in harms way. You know, be better to know, 'cause I look at my phone all the time, so."
Robert Gunn says, "As long as there's not one hundred a day, when I'm paying for them." There's no fee to sign up, other than the cost their cell service provider charges, but that's a fee some will be willing to pay. Avery Major says, "Well, I would, you know, so I wouldn't have to be looking on the internet to find it or something."
Signing up is easy. Students and staff just need to log into their campus PAWS account. All they need to know is their cell provider, phone number, and a password. The school is hoping to have the service up and running by the end of this month.