Manghnani and Bonthula both live on Spiros Court, about a quarter-mile from the alleged knife-wielding incident. Manghnani is four months from finishing her master’s. Bonthula has a year to go.
“We spent a lot to come here and get our master’s,” Bonthula said. “Quitting is not an option right now for us.”
When violent crimes happen on or nearby campus, NIU students get safety bulletins via email, but Manghnani said she’d like to see local police doing more: more patrols, making more arrests.
Sullivan said during move-in weekend and the weekends thereafter, DeKalb police do increase patrols.
NIU police also staff a booth at orientation, but Manghnani said that although officers warn students about the presence of crime, she’d like for them to warn students about areas where crime tends to happen.