TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After a fatal shooting during last year’s Indiana State University homecoming events, some noticeable changes took place from The Walk to tent city at the football stadium.
According to law enforcement, it’s all in part to keep safety as a top priority.
“Last year I know there was a fight out by the stadium. That’s why we have all the extra guys working,” said Sgt. Michael Ellerman with the Terre Haute Police Department.
It was noticed by those participating in the annual walk, but it didn’t damper the festivities.
“There’s a bigger police presence. We all had fun,” said student Nicky Pesavento.
Just down the road at ISU’s football stadium, the alumni association’s Tent City was moved from its usual place in the parking lot.
“One of the reason’s why we wanted to bring it in was to help with some of the safety concerns that people were expressing to us,” said Rex Kendall, executive director of the ISU Alumni Association.
Alum at Tent City said they’re pleased with the university’s efforts to make homecoming an enjoyable time.
“Being an alumni and coming back so many years, I just want to say I think the president and her proactive approach to solve this problem is going to go a long term,” said alum, Robert Lowe.
Many are hopeful that this year’s changes in safety measures will make for better homecomings in the future.
“This may not be a final change for this year, but we’re actively working to find a solution to make the walk more enjoyable for students and the community. That’s what it’s all about,” said alum, Sampson Livingston.
ISU will end their homecoming with a community clean-up Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on Wabash Avenue.