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by April Conway, Staff Writer
Having male students on the Cedar Crest campus is nothing new, but with the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) and nursing programs becoming more prominent on campus, the traditional cam- pus dynamic is facing some new changes.
Although having male students in classes during the day is relatively rare, night classes, which accommodate most of the students in SAGE, see a little bit more action. Male students can apply to either the SAGE program or as traditional students.
If applying to the traditional student track, they may only apply to the nursing or nuclear medicine majors.
Amanda Collier, a sophomore nursing major, has had male students in several classes. She has noticed that younger men seem to attend her day classes, like Anatomy and Physiology, and older men in her night classes, like Introduction to Health Care Systems.
A positive seen in having more classes available to men, at different times of the day is that they “can bring a different perspective to the class” said Collier.
She also said that she understands the traditions of an all women’s college, but feels that there can be a balance.
“I think we can maintain the essence of an all women’s college while allowing more male students into earlier classes,” stated Collier.
Paul Fantasia, a sophomore SAGE student majoring in nursing, does not mind the idea of being on a single-sexed college campus. But there are some problems that male students face.
“I feel fine being on an all women’s campus. But the attitudes of individuals take away from the experience of being a Cedar Crest student,” Fantasia said.
He brought up the example of asking for the password for the library Internet. When asked for his ID, he presented it, and had to wait longer than necessary to be granted access.
Fantasia’s girlfriend, also a student at Cedar Crest, did not even need to present her ID to obtain the password.
James Hickson, a traditional freshman stu- dent in the Nursing program, feels comfort- able being on campus because he was raised by the women in his family. He has also not come across any problems with the female students on campus.
“Everybody has been really nice. Everybody stares at me, but I’m not complaining,” Hickson said.
There have been some concerns about males walking around campus after classes at night. According to the Student Government Association minutes from September 26, 2012, it was reported that a male student had campus police called on him nine times.
According to Roger Johns, assistant chief of campus police, no such event occurred and there have been no reports of problems concerning male students at night.
According to Johns, if there is a complaint or call about a suspicious person on campus, they will follow up with the situation and it would be logged.
Traditional female students think that the campus is still safe, regardless of when male students have classes.
As a senior social work major, Nicole Mayer has had her fair share of night classes. In fact, almost all of the social work classes are held after 4 p.m., and she has had at least one male student in every class.
With all of the night classes that she has had, most of which were in buildings that were not near her residence hall, Mayer does not mind that there are male students walking around after dark.
“It doesn’t bother me that males are here at night. I assume that they are here for classes and academics, not girls,” Mayer said.
As a senior chemistry major, Sarah Haas also agrees that male students should have more access to earlier classes and that men walking around campus does not take away from its safety.
Haas brings in a perspective that she has formed after visiting other college campuses in the area.
“Having been to other college campuses, like Lehigh and Muhlenberg, I have felt safer at night on those campuses with men walking around,” said Haas.
“In the real world,” Haas points out, “there are men walking around at all times of the day.”
Wayne Lynch, a senior SAGE nutrition major, came to Cedar Crest because of his interest in dietetics. He prefers having night classes because they work into his schedule. Even with night classes, Lynch has never experienced any problems on campus.
“I feel like there are enough guys here that seeing one isn’t a big deal,” stated Lynch.
With the increase in male population, female students should still feel safe on cam- pus. If anyone has any issues on campus, campus police should be notified, and ac- cording to Johns, the situation will be taken seriously and an officer will follow up.