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What Happens On Campus When Everyone Goes Home?

After a long day of studying, note taking and buying way too many cookies from the cafeteria, what happens when the students leave campus? When students go home, the last thought that comes to mind is what happens to the place that I go to school when they leave While we study, play games and […]

After a long day of studying, note taking and buying way too many cookies from the cafeteria, what happens when the students leave campus? When students go home, the last thought that comes to mind is what happens to the place that I go to school when they leave While we study, play games and stay up until an unreasonable time for a school night, there are security guards wide awake to keep our campus clean and protected. 

While a majority of trespassers on campus happen to be friendly stray cats, that doesn’t mean that our security personnel’s job isn’t important. According to Director of Facilities Mr. Steve Barsanti ‘78, the main job of security is to observe and report. It is the security staff’s mission to pay attention to what is happening around campus to keep students and the grounds protected during all times of day and night.

It’s no surprise to learn that Christian Brothers has an exciting night life, whether it’s for sport practices and games, school meetings, plays and open mics.  

“There are a myriad of after school activities, games and practices, all those kinds of things,” Mr. Barsanti says. “From our end at facilities, we’re either cleaning what happened today or preparing for the next day.” 

Part of the jobs at night are keeping CB a place to learn and make memories during the day time. The staff that works incredibly hard to serve us doesn’t cut corners when it comes to providing us with a clean and well protected, safe space for students to grow and thrive. When asking what students might not know about the facilities staff, Mr. Barsanti was ecstatic to tell me that he and his crew love their jobs and that they love working for students. He compared the responsibilities his crew has to an air traffic control tower. 

“We know where all the planes are going and how they affect each other — they might not know what’s going on, but we kind of know all the pieces, all the time. Where are the planes? Are they gonna bump into each other? And we take pride in trying to keep the places clean as possible, in good repair, and safe — those things matter too.”

With the many after school activities and a new stadium being built, I wondered how it would change the routines of security. With a bigger sports arena comes bigger job expectations and new requirements. 

“In the fall or the spring, or winter even, basically when the sun went down, the campus wasn’t busy outside. Well now we have lights to do events, so when the sun goes down, you still have people on campus,” Mr. Barsanti says. “We’re wondering how that’s gonna present a challenge.” 

Although problems may occur Mr. Barsanti is sure that his crew will deal with any unexpected events effectively. A trait needed to be a part of their team is the ability to be a problem solver. All the positive attitudes and good approaches to any and all campus complications is what contributes to a well working and selfless team who tirelessly strive to keep everyone happy.

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