Volume XLIX Issue I
BY JANET JANUARY: NEWS EDITOR
NEW BRUNSWICK— In a response to the shocking number of student deaths this year, Rutgers Health Services has decided to distribute Life Alerts to all students at the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.
Miranda Levy, M.D., the Acting Director of Health Services, says that an exorbitant 0.017% of the Rutgers student population has passed away so far this year, which makes student safety a priority this semester.
Those unfamiliar with Life Alert might recognize it from the “Help I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up” commercial that features an elderly woman falling down in her kitchen (which was famously featured on the TV show America’s Funniest Home Videos in 1997). Life Alert is a small device worn around the neck to be used in emergencies such as accidentally opening the door to Jehovah’s Witnesses or slamming a car door on your finger. The user simply presses the button and waits for help to arrive, usually within a couple of minutes.
Levy, a loyal Life Alert user herself, says Life Alert has saved her life numerous times, and wishes that those students who have passed away this year had Life Alert.
Students can obtain a Life Alert device at any of the health centers on campus; all that is required is an RUID and one easy payment of $19.99, plus shipping and handling. Due to budgetary constraints, the Life Alerts will be given to students in lieu of condoms this year. Levy is asking all students to plan accordingly around this.