La Verne squad raises campus’ safety

Todd Allen, Nadia Velasquez and Danny Khano are the newest members of the Campus Safety and Transportation Department. Allen began working in November, and Khano joined the department in January. Velasquez, a former housekeeper for the University of La Verne, joined the department only three weeks ago. When Khano was asked how he felt about working with a female security guard he responded, "I'm all for it! It's a new experience for me." / photo by Isela Peña
Todd Allen, Nadia Velasquez and Danny Khano are the newest members of the Campus Safety and Transportation Department. Allen began working in November, and Khano joined the department in January. Velasquez, a former housekeeper for the University of La Verne, joined the department only three weeks ago. When Khano was asked how he felt about working with a female security guard he responded, “I’m all for it! It’s a new experience for me.” / photo by Isela Peña

by Michelle Thornton
Editorial Director

Campus Safety and Public Transportation’s staff has grown from only four officers to seven with the addition of three new officers within the last couple of months.

Their faces are the ones that pass students daily around campus on their carts with friendly smiles and conversation.

Danny Khano is a 21-year-old La Verne resident who has been a member of the team for close to two months — one month and three weeks to be exact.

He has lived in La Verne since he was 11 and is a 1996 Bonita High School graduate.

Before his family moved to La Verne it lived in Sassyria, which is in, what Khano calls, the “O.G. Middle East.”

Sassyria, which is presently part of Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon, is very different from the United States and La Verne.

Khano said the largest difference is that there is more freedom here in the United States.

Khano said in the United States, “you get to do what you want to do, not what the government wants you to do,” he said.

Khano aspires to go into law enforcement and has served as a police explorer for the La Verne Police Department for two years.

He has passed his first required test for entrance in to the police academy. He still has to complete the second written test and should find out in August whether he was accepted into the police academy.

Khano is also active in his church, where he serves as a deacon. A deacon assists the priest in services such as weddings, Sunday services and funerals.

“You can’t clap with one hand,” is how Khano describes his position as deacon.

Pomona resident Todd Allen has also joined the campus safety staff, but he is not here to prepare for his career in a hands on sense, but rather he is here for what is called tuition remission, which will allow him to get his education.

Tuition remission allows an employee of ULV to attend the University without paying tuition. It also allows the employee’s spouse and children to take advantage of tuition remission as well, as long as that employee is employed at the University.

Allen plans to enroll in the fall semester and major in business administration. He chose this because with a degree in business administration one can work in many different fields. It is a very diverse degree, with many different uses.

“People don’t want to take you seriously without an education. I envy people who went to school right out of high school,” said Allen.

Nadia Velasquez, a 21-year-old resident of Pomona, is also working for the University, bringing campus safety a total of seven officers to take advantage of the tuition remission.

She aspires to begin her enrollment next fall as well and hopes to begin her career in law enforcement.

“Ever since I was a kid, I liked cops,” said Velasquez.

“I just like being in a uniform, and I went on a ride along. I like dealing with people and crime,” she said.

On top of her responsibilities as a campus safety officer, Velasquez also has two young sons, Mario, 3, and Jesse, 4, for whom she is also responsible.

Being a parent of two small children, working full time and planning to go back to school is difficult and requires hard work and determination.

“I am going to have a career so they can say, ‘My mother did it, so can I,'”she said of how she plans to teach her children about the importance of an education.

“I am a young mother, so I will be growing with them and I want to give them an example that if you try, you get what you want.”

She and her fiancé, Jesus Miron, a construction worker, have been together for six years and plan to be married in June 2000.

Velasquez said the transitions made in her recent decisions have been made easier because of her fiancé.

He supports her plans to work for campus safety and her plans to continue with school.

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