This article from the Minnesota Daily talks about how the author has to decide which route to take home at night based on the amount of light. With all of the crime alerts the U of MN has had this year and with all of the beefing up security and safe walks home, you would think that well-lit sidewalks would be a top priority. The main argument in this article is that the city of Minneapolis doesn't do a good enough job keeping its streetlights up and running. He points out that it's up to residents calling Xcel Energy or 311 to report a burnt out streetlight, and then one has to pester them for what could take a few weeks until they come out and replace the bulb. He then goes to discuss the possibility of LED bulbs instead. He brings up several good points on why these would be better, i.e. they last longer and would save money in the long run.
I think it should be a priority of the University to make sure their lights are lit, as well as the lights in the immediate surrounding neighborhoods in order to protect the well-being of their students. Since we get crime alerts that happen in surrounding areas, and the security guys will walk us home to many of the nearby areas, then the University should also be making an effort to keep those walkways well lit for the protection of their students, as well as the security guards walking them. Protecting the students of this university has become a huge priority, as we all know based on the amounts of emails flooding our inbox with crime alerts and public safety updates. This is such an easy step to lighting the way.