By Meredith Tracey
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Some students on the Camden County College campus in Blackwood say lighting outside their classes is inadequate and that makes them concerned about their safety.
Students who attend night classes or are on campus after sundown voiced concerns about the lighting in the area between Madison Hall, Kevin G. Halpern Hall and the Connector Building.
“I have martial arts background but that’s a very small minority of people, so for the sake of other people a few lights might be really helpful,” said Benjamin Lore, a student on the Blackwood campus. Lore takes a night class from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
While the U.S. Department of Education reported that Camden County College has fewer crimes than community colleges in the surrounding area, Lore and other students said recently they are still concerned about crime.
“I know a friend who used to take night classes and she was scared out of her mind,” said student Justin Amaei. He said she “used to park the car very close because she was scared somebody was going to come out of nowhere.”
Another student who also finds himself on campus after the sun goes down, Brandon Smith, another student who is on campus after sundown, said the lighting raised another concern for him. “Mainly because you don’t know where you’re going, there could be a dip,” Smith said. “I do believe that the school can spare a couple of tax dollars to put some more lights up because of the safety concern.”
CCC public safety officials did not respond to two requests for comment about the subject.