WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Move in day for thousands of freshmen at the University of New Haven was made a little more chaotic with construction on Campbell Avenue. Once they got to the end of that long line of cars, they found a long line of carts full of stuff waiting for elevators.
UNH is debuting a brand new dorm called Westside this year. Four stories high and as long as a city block, it will be home to hundreds of students for the next 9 months.
“I brought a bunch of winter clothes so hopefully I’m ready for the cold winters,” said a Freshman from Texas named Cassidy. What brought her so far from home?
“They have a very good forensic science program and I’m ready to get started with that.”
The fact that so many UNH students come there for the university’s forensic science and criminal justice programs may be a good thing, because for many of them, moving to a more urban environment like West Haven comes with a new set of concerns about public safety. Wednesday night just before 10:00, a UNH student was mugged at gunpoint outside an apartment building right across the street from campus.
“I know that I’ve got to be smart,” said UNH Freshman Steven Ringquist. “I don’t want to walk on the streets alone at night, but I think I’ll be fine.”
He may be better than his mother, Lyn, who says she spent the whole morning and drive down from Litchfield in tears.
“And I’ll be crying for the next two weeks,” Lyn Ringquist said. “He’s my baby.”
Meanwhile, West Haven Police are still looking for Wednesday night’s mugger. He’s described as a thin, tall black man around 30 years old with acne. If that sounds familiar, call the West Haven Police.