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Cell phone drive, Clery report to benefit safety

October 2, 2007 By John Lucas

Campus crime and safety continue to be serious concerns for the campus and city.

For the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the university is participating in a used cellular phone drive and encouraging all members of the campus community to download the most recent version of the annual campus safety report, commonly called the Clery Report.

If you own an inactive or outdated cellular phone, consider dropping it off at one of a handful of campus collection sites before Oct. 31 to benefit campus and city victims of dating and domestic violence.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who want to help victims, but aren’t sure how to do that,” says Yolanda Garza, assistant dean in the Offices of the Dean of Students and chair of the University Subcommittee on Dating and Domestic Violence, which is organizing the effort. “This is a concrete way for people to get involved in a very worthy cause.”

Phones will be resold or recycled. The proceeds directly benefit Domestic Abuse Intervention Services  (DAIS) of Madison. Last year, $4,652.50 was raised, of which, $800 came directly from UW–Madison phone contributions. This year, DAIS hopes to increase the total to $10,000.

Cell phone users are encouraged to call their provider for instructions on clearing the phone of personal information before donating. Chargers need not be donated with the phones. Tax receipts are also available on request.

For more information, call the Offices of the Dean of Students at (608) 263-5700, or email and

Printed copies of the annual report can be downloaded as a PDF file directly from the Web, or can be requested from the Offices of the Dean of Students, (608) 263-5700, or in 75 Bascom Hall.

Campus drop off sites for the cell phone drive are:

— The Associated Students of Madison, 512 Memorial Union;

— Athletic Department, Kellner Hall Welcome Center and Fetzer Academic Center;

— Campus Women’s Center, 4th floor, Memorial Union;

— Counseling and Consultation Services, Eagle Heights Office;

— The Graduate School, 3rd Floor Bascom Hall;

— Greater University Tutorial Services (GUTS), 302A Union South;

— Health Sciences Learning Center;

— Ingraham Hall Deli;

— International Student Services, 2nd Floor Red Gym;

— Dean of Students,75 Bascom;

— PAVE, Lower Level Memorial Union;

— Student Organization Office, 2nd Floor Red Gym;

— University Residence Halls, front desk area;

— University Health Services, Reception Area.