Allied Barton: the new face of security

By Gabbi Fusco

Move over Dominican. There’s a new “sheriff” in town. They have been spotted around campus sporting new security uniforms. Students may wonder, “Who are the new people in charge?”

The recent changes are due to an outsourcing decision made by Dominican Security. Security decided to hire a private company to carry the responsibility of campus security. 

“It was just more of bringing in a structured group and bringing structure to our in-house security system,” said Darvin Hooker, an Allied Barton Campus Security officer.

These changes are in response to a student survey where students requested, “more training and additional staffing” said John Tsouchlos, Manager of Public Safety.

Three other security companies were considered for the three-year contract with Dominican. In the end Allied Barton Security Services was contracted. According to Tsouchlos, Allied Barton is a security company that is ready to “handle situations that affect the institutions security and safety.” The company has a campus-focused program in addition to 50 years of experience.

Allied Barton is still in charge of the campus shuttle on top of their regular security duties. When Barton took up the contract they also took on the responsibility of training officers.

When asked about the new face of campus security, Michelle Munhtaner, junior and resident student, said, “I feel like I don’t know much about security anymore. Before they used to send emails…but now I feel like I don’t know much about them anymore.”

However, Hooker commented that he wants to make sure all students’ safety and security is first priority through giving advice and being a friendly presence on campus.

The Quest for a new dining provider is over

By Giovanni Castillo and Emily Lapinski

Dominican is pleased to welcome Quest, our new dining service provider, to campus.

Since 1985, Quest has provided services to more than 110 kitchens across the Chicago metropolitan area, with Dominican as its first university location. From food tasting to making your own burrito, the new service looks promising.

“We are excited to expand into higher education and look forward to great experiences ahead,” says Claressa Padilla, catering director. “We’ve created a menu that reflects the needs of college students, faculty and staff, which features action stations, fresh made from scratch food, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. We look forward to serving everyone in the weeks and months ahead.”

Victor Soriano, director of dining services, has been working in the food service business for 20 years and has had experience in directing food service in California. Executive Chef Mynor Rivera has worked at the University of Chicago for many years before coming to Dominican.

Quest was included in the top 50 food management companies in the United States by Food Management Magazine, and it is rated as one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. 

Campus officials prep for active shooter drill

By Cory Lesniak

Dominican University officials are planning the first ever-active shooter drill on campus.

Dominican’ s Emergency Response team is planning an active shooter drill scheduled for sometime in October. River Forest Police officials will be on campus during the drill. While there is no set time or date Dominican officials note, “The specific time will not be announced so that the drill will more closely mirror an actual event.”

Students, staff, faculty and visitors that will be present during the drill are asked to participate. The drill will not feature a pretend shooter or active police officials conducting a search with ammunition.

“RFPD and RFFD officials were invited to observe the drill and offer any recommendations for improvement after the conclusion of the drill,” said Glen Czernik, Crime and Prevention/ School Resource Officer.

“The faculty and staff have already been provided with recommended responses for this specific active shooter drill. Students will be provided similar information very soon, “ said Charles Stoops, Emergency Response Team.

The ultimate goal of the planned drill is to practice what to do in the case of an emergency so those involved know how to act in the safest manner if a real emergency were to occur.

With the new security service, Allied Barton, River Forest Police President Donna Carroll feels Dominican has a good team in place.

“The purpose of a drill is to make mistakes, to learn from them‎ and, as a consequence, to feel more confident in the event of an incident. This summer the university reorganized and strengthened its security operations, refocusing our efforts on “public safety.” All that said, my heart goes out to any campus, president or student body that has had to deal with the experience and aftermath of an active shooter.  It is devastating,” said President Carroll.

Dominican’s Emergency Response Team, in collaboration with University officials and local emergency response units, plan two to three drills per year. In most cases, the campus isn’t provided any prior notice.  

“Due to the sensitive nature of an active shooter drill, it was imperative that our community is alerted to the fact that this will be a drill so that we avoid as much as possible someone mistaking it for an actual emergency,” said Stoops.

Dominican officials encourage the importance of listening and following any directions during an emergency. Stoops adds, “I want to emphasize the importance of each and every member of our community to participate in this active shooter drill, and respond to every emergency notification, so that we are better prepared should such an event occur on our campus.”