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the disturbed person in re- sponse. This person then abruptly reached into a bag he was carrying and present- ed papers with wild, incoher- ent scribbling over the pages. Despite several threats and other actions, this individual went on for several minutes without any regard for his per- sonal safety. A disturbed per- son has the potential to cause harm to others when they have no regard for their own safety. Nathan Hicks, in charge of security at the Osceola campus, had no record of this event be- cause it went unreported to his office, but stated “in the past, the public Lynx buses that connect to all the campuses have brought disruptive individuals that are then dealt with by security.” There are programs in exis- tence - and in the works - all fo-

Emanuel Colon / Valencia Voice Emergency call towers are located in various places around every campus to ensure safety.

cused on helping Valencia stu- dents remain safe and informed with alert stations throughout all campuses, telephones with a quick connection to securit , and off-duty police officers dur- ing peak hours that maintain radio connections with secu- rity and law enforcement dis- patch. All of these systems and

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precautions have been in effect for several years at Valencia.

“Valencia Alert” is a security and crisis alert system that sends important messages via e-mail, and text message. Alerts are sent in the event of any dangerous sit- uations, or severe weather relat- ed warnings. Anyone interested can sign up and select which alert system they prefer at http:// www.alert.valenciacc.edu.

There is also talk of a smart phone application in the future where students can send in alerts and warnings, via text message. For now, any student that feels a need to discuss disturbances or unruly behavior can speak to any faculty member, security personnel, or anyone they feel comfortable with on campus. Re- port’s are filed in the security of- fice and can remain anonymous.

Reach out to any friend or classmates you believe are in a troubled emotional state. The suspected gunman in Tucson is a young former college student that used the same social media sites most young people use to- day. These websites are often used by individuals to reach out to others, even when dealing with personal problems.

Anyone that has personal is- sues that affect their life can be referred to mental health profes- sionals. A small effort to reach out and help someone in need can have larger impacts and help avoid or prevent danger- ous or harmful situations like the Tucson tragedy.

(Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT) A police ocer places a wreath on a cross erected on top of a mass gravesite in memory of the victims of the January 2010 earthquake.

Haiti remembers deadly earthquake

Citizens hold memorial for the 316,000 lives lost one year ago

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Thousands of people in Haiti gathered in the capital, Port-au- Prince, to mark the moment a massive earthquake struck one year ago, killing an estimated 316,000 people. Memorial ser- vices were held, one of these was held at the ruins of the Na- tional Cathedral, and attended by a papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officialsandforeigndignitaries. Traditionally, women and

men were dressed in white in mourning as they clambered over the ruins for a better view of a Catholic Mass being held to remember the dead. The magnitude 7.0 quake hit the Caribbean island state at 4:53 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2010 and left an estimated 1.3 million people homeless, as well as the hundreds of thousands that were killed. Despite an outpouring of global solidarity for Haiti, bil- lions of dollars of aid pledges and a huge ongoing humani-


tarian operation, survivors say they are still waiting to see a positive impact from all the aid. “If the reconstruction were serious, the mass would be happening inside the re- built church,” Carla Fleuriv- en, a 19-year-old mother of three, told the Reuters news agency outside the cathedral.

In Champs Mars, the capi- tal’s central plaza where thou- sands of families live in a swel- tering tent city, residents said the official ceremonies and renewed pledges of aid and progress for Haiti from for- eign officials were like some- thing taking place in another world. Hundreds of thousands are still living in such camps, which are now being rav- aged by a cholera epidemic that has already taken about 3,750 lives since mid-October.

“The diplomats pass through in the air, in heli- copters, but they never come through here on the ground,” said Hyacinthe Mintha, 56, a resident of Champs Mars. Mintha’s daughter, Hyacinthe Benita, 39, lives in a metal- and-wood shack with a frayed tarp roof and a thin pallet as the only bed for herself and her four children. “We are still here in misery,” she said of the quake anniversary. “I hope this year brings serious change be- cause 2010 was hell for us.”


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