By Kalyn Dunkins

Special to the Denisonian

Got safety? Denison does.

The safety fair took place Thursday, Sept. 26 outside of Slayter. Students that attended were looking for not only a chance to get information on how to stay safe here on campus, but also to win cool prizes including a Kindle Fire and an Apple TV.

The event had eight tables, which all provided in-depth information on how to keep students and their peers safe on- and off-campus.

The counseling services table gave tips on how to manage well-being here on campus. There was even a table with several laptops where students could play educational games on keeping themselves safe while browsing through the World Wide Web.

At the Licking County Sheriff’s table, Deputy Robert Barr handed out pamphlets and bookmarks with information pertaining to Ohio’s new texting law: Under the age of 18, it’s illegal to use any mobile communication device while driving in Ohio. Anyone in violation of the law will be fined and suffer license suspensions.

“I think that the Safety Fair is a fun, interactive way to encourage members of our community to reflect on our well-being from a number of different perspectives,” said Director of the Center for Women and Gender Action Marci McCaulay. “It helps make us aware of things that we can do to support and promote our own safety as well as that of others. It reminds us of the importance of approaching these issues collectively.”

“We’re always told we can always contact security, so I feel very safe knowing that if something happens there’s always somebody I can contact,” said Jeannette De Neui, a first year student from Chicago, Ill. “I think everyone knows that security is here, but no one really sees them. Seeing more security might actually make people feel more secure.”

The importance of safety is stressed by events like the safety fair, which help promote useful tips to prevent mishaps.