CSS-caring, sensitive, sensational

February 22nd, 2007

Many times, when reading my pages for the paper on Tuesday nights, I come across articles belittling one very important campus organization.

I am talking about CSS. Yes, Campus Safety Services. Day in and day out, they are on campus (and off, if Miramar and Milford count) to make sure we are protected from anything that might come into the bubble we call John Carroll University.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “You’re crazy, CSS stole my five cases of beer last week when I was carrying them into Pacelli.”

While yes, I can think of a few incidents that indeed made me feel this very way.

Take for example the day my boyfriend wanted to take me out on a nice date.

Oh wait, can’t, he’s got a boot on his car. Or the time when my 21-year-old roommate was carrying beer in the parking lot and it was confiscated.

I know, I know…you’re still waiting to hear the good things about CSS, so here I go.

Let’s start with sophomore year when I was trying to depart Millor Hall to go to work, my car was buried in the snow. One kind CSS officer came and dug me out.

Not only was I relieved to finally get off campus, but also relieved I would not be getting fired from my job because I didn’t show up.

Next, the most recent and most important, the other night when the blizzard of ‘07 was in full gear (1:30 a.m.), I was ready to depart the newsroom to my John Carroll owned, off-campus residence.

My roommate was kind enough to offer a ride so I would not need to risk my car’s health in the snow.

She tells me she will be there in a minute so I went upstairs and waited for her.

At this point, she is calling to inform me that her SUV was stuck right outside our garage.

Luckily, I see a kind CSS officer just exiting his infamous blue blazer. I approach for an escort home (that’s a service they offer in case you didn’t know).

After kindly accepting my request, I was home safely.

Let’s rethink our attitudes. I know they would do the same for you. It’s time to stop complaining about the bad and look at the good. CSS is there for your protection, don’t take that for granted.

I wish I knew those two CSS officers’ names.

If I did I would send