by JACK MELANSON, News Editor
MC Alum. Kevin Hamilton Passes Away
Kevin C. Hamilton, a beloved member of the Manhattan College community, passed away on Friday, Sept. 28. At the time of his passing, he was just 24 years old.
Hamilton was a lifelong resident of Metuchen, N.J. and graduated from Union Catholic High School in 2012. In 2016, Hamilton received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Manhattan College, where he was also in pursuit of his MBA.
Richard Satterlee, vice president of student life, addressed the situation in a campus wide e-mail on Oct. 4.
“It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Kevin Hamilton from Metuchen, NJ who passed away last Sunday,” said Satterlee in an e-mail statement. “It is understandable that many in the college community may be grieving this tragic loss. For this reason, I remind you that the Counseling Center is staffed and available to respond to any concerns. The Counseling Center is located in Miguel Hall 501 A and can be reached at: (718) 862-7394.”
According to the e-mail, Father Tom Franks held a Mass in Hamilton’s honor on Oct. 4. in the Chapel of the Holy Infancy.
Kevin loved sports, music and video games, but was also known to have an outgoing personality.
Kevin is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Nancy Hamilton, and his two sisters, Katie and Annie.
Man Exposes Himself to Student in Brust Park
On Thursday, Oct. 4., an anonymous female student was approached by a man in Brust Park. The man exposed himself to the student and masturbated in front of her.
Manhattan College Public Safety notified the community via e-mail at 3:17 p.m. of the same day.
“Today at approximately 10:55 a.m. a female MC student was walking along Brust Park on Manhattan College Parkway, from Greystone Avenue towards campus. She reports feeling a push from behind, and turned to see a male exposing himself and masturbating in front of her,” said the e-mail from Public Safety.
According to the e-mail, the student then ran away and called 911 for assistance. After searching, the NYPD was unable to find the suspect.
“It was also determined he had unzipped the student’s backpack while she was wearing it, but did not remove any property,” said the e-mail.
Students are now being warned to avoid Brust Park, a typical shortcut for students who live on Greystone Avenue.
“This male is described as possibly homeless, in his 30s, Hispanic, medium complexion, 5’8” tall, slim build with a dark beard and mustache. He was wearing dirty green cargo pants, a dark gray hoodie, and a burgundy baseball cap. If you see this individual contact MC Public Safety at 718-862-7333,” said the e-mail.
If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity on campus, get to a safe location and call Public Safety immediately. Provide a good description of the person and their last known location.
Two Emergency Blue-Light Units Added to Campus
On Oct. 5. at 3:01 p.m. Manhattan College Public Safety sent out a school-wide e-mail stating that two new blue-light units have been added to campus.
Blue-light units, or the lack-there-of on campus, has been an increasingly controversial topic at Manhattan.
Providing safety, blue-lights are ways for students to contact authorities if they are in dangerous situations. Typically, each blue-light unit is within eyesight of another.
“The Public Safety Department has had 2 emergency blue-light units installed at the following locations: Against the exterior wall of the Broadway garage, slightly north of the south gate on Broadway, Against the end of the south wall of the Kelly Student Commons on Waldo Avenue,” said the e-mail.
In addition to the e-mail, Public Safety also provided instructions on how to use these systems located on campus.
Press the call button on the unit one time, the call box is activated and automatically dials Public Safety. When it is pressed a second time the call is disconnected.
You will have immediate voice communication with a Public Safety officer.
Explain the nature of your emergency and if practical wait at that location until Public Safety arrives. Public Safety will respond whether there is voice communication or not, and they will inspect the area and review CCTV footage to determine who activated alarm.