Book Bazaar helps ensure students' safety on college campus

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 08/11 2014 12:40PM

Updated 08/11 2014 12:44PM

Proceeds from the annual Muses Book Bazaar at Centenary College will fund the police department's new multi-purpose golf cart that is designed to keep students safe.

Centenary's Department of Public Safety recently acquired a brand new golf cart through funding by the Muses, a philanthropic group dedicated to funding projects and programs for Centenary students.

Director of Public Safety Chief Eddie Walker said, "This cart promotes safe driving habits among Centenary students and will provide rides for students at any time of day. We have an existing cart that is very large and hard to navigate around campus and in between buildings. We really wanted to have something more mobile to get to our students, even at night."

The cart, clad in yellow and black, features signage to promote an anti-drinking and driving campaign along with bright lights for night driving, a PA system, mp3 hook ups with speakers for campus events, and taxi-themed trims.

Walker said, "Our goal is to be an approachable department on campus. Most of our contact with students is positive through our RAD-training, Check Your Ride program, and safety talks. This cart is another way to make our students feel comfortable and call on us when they need assistance."

David Williams, Manager of Advancement Services and liaison to the Muses, first prompted Walker to make a proposal to the Muses, whose proceeds from the annual Book Bazaar fund campus projects not included in the regular college budget.

Walker submitted a proposal to the Muses after the 2013 Book Bazaar and was awarded almost $10,000 for the purchase.

Walker said, "We can't thank the ladies of the Muses enough.  Just buy a book at the Bazaar and support all the good that they do for our campus community."

This year's annual Book Bazaar will take place Sept. 5 and 6 in the Centenary Gold Dome.

Donations may be made at the final book drop at the Book House, located in Centenary Square on 108 East Kings Hwy until 3 p.m. today.

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