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THE THUNDERBIRD MONDAY DECEMBER 7, 1987 PAGE 3 SUSC may impose curfew to stem thefts, vandalism BY LISA JANE LAIRD Because of an increase in campus thefts, SUSC officials are fighting back with the idea of curfews. Provost Terry Alger has proposed that campus buildings would be to all faculty, staff and students from midnight until 6 a.m. He said the curfew was needed to protect the campus and its property. In addition, faculty and staff will soon receive a letter to reinforce current security policies, he said. In the future, Alger said campus security and city police officers will treat curfew violators like a trespasser or intruder. Only people with written authorization may remain on campus after the curfew. SUSC deans also support the curfew with several examples of recent incidents of vandalism or theft. Harold Hiskey, dean of business, communication and technology, reported that someone broke a display window in the Business Building to take a computer. Al Tait, dean of science, said that he had problems with equipment misuse or abuse and thefts in the Science Building. Vandalism and thefts in campus parking lots is also a problem. Don Reid, faculty senate president, said his car was broken into and he is not the only person to experience the problem during one of SUSC's special events in the Centrum parking lot. He Police are looking (or the man they believe assaulted two women early Saturday during two wondered what policies exsist to prevent car thefts during the different attempts. Two drawings were made from descriptions from the women. games. Alger said the city would patrol the lots more. In the e future, campus security may even hire another e employee or several students to patrol the lots during special events and assist campus security. BY LISA JANE LAIRD roommate's rifle while she was asleep and shut Robert Johnson, head resident for resident living, said the her door. He then assaulted the second woman. dorms have had only minor incidents of vandalism and damage Anderson said the police will investigate the rifle Two SUSC students were attacked early this year. Most recently, a window at the front entrance in theft separately, but in conjunction with the when an assailant broke into their Saturday is still Hall broken and that was being investigated by Juniper assault. homes and to the women. attempted rape city police as an accident, Johnson said. The man is described by both women as a Cedar City police believe that the same man Kent Hoyt, cheif of security, said he was unaware of the male between white and six feet tall, committed the Both attacks. women separate deans' or Johnson's examples of theft or vandalism that occurred with blond hair and a brown dishwater or off able fend were the to attacker before light he on campus. moustache. The two women said he is about could rape them, but Police Chief Dennis will a a to said that often dean or choose Alger department 170 pounds, slender and about 25 to 30 years Anderson said the man could still be charged take care of a problem themselves or call the Cedar City police old. with forcible sexual first assault. The woman In SUSC the the of said event department. equipment theft, Alger Cedar police believe the man is the same one was hit several times by the attacker. The people involved need to report the incident directly to security committed one rape and one other attempt who second was not but the assailant did a hold hit, for insurance purposes. In the event of misuse or abuse, Alger this summer. The man's descriptions and pocketknife to her throat. said often the departments or deans will just take care of the Cedar City police said that the first incident attempts this weekend appear to connect with problem themselves. accounts given earlier to police by the other two 3 a.m. while the second took around place that halls he said for the resident dictates Johnson policy report at Both a.m. 4:50 women, Anderson said. live women attempt happened all incidents of theft, controlled substance abuse, and vandalism Both of Saturday's victims were able to give in the same SUSC. as general vicinity to campus security. He also said that the rest of the campus first The said the police a good, detailed description of the woman was getting police follows the same policy because it puts all security information attacker. The police were able to have an artist for bed after off friends ready being by dropped in one centralized place. when she heard a knock on the and door composite drawings of the attacker complete said that often the resident halls bother won't Johnson security from both women. answered her friends had it, thinking forgotten for something as minor as a broken light fixture. Also, Johnson Anderson said that if anyone has information The in walked man and her. something. grabbed said that at night, the resident halls will often call the Highway the about the second said the suspect, they can call 586-295- 6 During attempt, police Patrol dispatcher who will then send an officer. Dispatch may business hours or call 586-295- 5 the man entered while the during regular woman apartment also notify SUSC security who will meet the city officer and and her roommate were asleep. He took the investigate the report. ts Would-b- full-tim- rapist attacks two students after-hour- s. Smith criticizes 'Star Wars' defense system BY LISA HOWELL The Strategic Defense Initiative concept will not achieve its goal as a peacemaking defense system. In fact, it could create a greater initiative for nuclear war, said Peter P. Smith in Thursday's Convocation lecture. "The SDI concept has undergone significant change since its announcement by President Reagan in 1983. This is partly due to the nature of large and projects in general, and partly due to the fact that the SDI was announced with little forethought or preparation," said the SUSC faculty member. "The SDI software presents the most formidable problems. Software, for other than trivial cases, is neither trustworthy nor reliable. The fundamental conclusion is this: even if the SDI is developed and implemented, no one will be able to say for certain that the system works. "The primary concern, from the point of view of the Soviet Union, is that the Strategic Defense Initiative can easily be interpreted as being part of a Strategic Offense Initiative. The primary capability of the system is seen to be the blunting of a Soviet retaliatory strike after a successful first strike by the U.S. If one or both sides have an SDI deployed it increases the relative advantage of carrying out a first strike," Smith said. He added that many or most of the decisions relating to war, life, and death, will have to be made by computers if the system is deployed. Smith said the SDI is an example of what ha been called technological hubris: a chronic tendency to overestimate our technical capabilities and underestimate the difficulty of the problems we undertake to solve. "The result is a recurring phenomenon of failed projects. What we will very likely have in a few dozen years, assuming we continue to pursue the SDI, is an unreliable and destabalizing ABM system," he said. ' "What is truly needed is to develop stability and cooperation. accommodation through Technological and military superiority the cards," concluded Smith. is simply not in Peter Smith said in his Convocation lecture Thursday that SDI would be better left alone.