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After just over a year of serving as Lab’s director of security, Brian Canavan is set to leave Lab at the end of this month.

Brian Canavan has resigned as director of safety and security and will leave Lab on Sept. 29. An interim director will be appointed while the University of Chicago, in partnership with Lab, searches for a new director. 

After a long career in law enforcement in Massachusetts, Mr. Canavan served as security director at an independent school there before starting at Lab in August 2022. During his time in the role, Mr. Canavan said he spearheaded multiple infrastructure improvements.

“I helped with including the fence surrounding Kenwood Mall and the new PA system,” he said. “I am really proud of being able to push those initiatives forward.”

Mr. Canavan said the decision to step back as director was sudden and difficult to make, and he is unsure of his future career. 

“I’ve always loved the city of Chicago. It is what drove me out here, but my family is still back east in Boston,” he said.

Mr. Canavan said he advises students to continue to utilize the multiple safety tools Lab offers. 

“Be conscious of your own safety, utilize the tremendous number of resources that are available to you,” he said. “You have the Lab Safe app now, you have the UChicago app, you have so many resources. When walking on campus at night, travel with a group, just those little things that make a huge difference.”

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Audrey Park is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as an editor-in-chief. She began writing for the Midway in the 2020-21 school year when she was in ninth grade. Her favorite story she has written is about University of Chicago nurses seeking solutions for the uninsured. She loves journalism because of its ability to represent and reflect multiple perspectives. Audrey also enjoys reading, traveling and playing card games. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Clare McRoberts and Sahana Unni) superior 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, general feature Story: excellent 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: First place, sidebar writing, “Affirmative Apprehension — Expert input: Law professor explains case” 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, online package 2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, news story: excellent 2022 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, St. Louis convention: Honorable mention, editorial writing 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: First place, sidebar writing, “Misinformation solutions rely on regulation, media literacy”

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