Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 17, 1999


Higher bus pass fee LTC driven

Bank invests in violence awareness

Rezs not surfing Wave

Western alumnus not very proud of gay research

New nurses applauded

Southwestern Ontario wants Western meds


Minor crises no match for UPD

Caught on campus

Minor crises no match for UPD

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

It seems campus injury and crime were equally responsible for calls to the University Police Department last week.

Insp. Bob Earle of the UPD said the first of five requests for an ambulance were called into the UPD at 10 p.m. on March 9. A student with a sprained ankle requested assistance from the University Community Centre, Earle said.

"Five [ambulance requests] in a week is sort of high," Earle said. "Two or three would be fairly normal. Those are largely unpreventable things," he said.

At noon on March 10 the smell of smoke sifted through the air of the Dental Sciences Building when a wooden skid caught fire near an air vent, Earle said. The small fire was discovered by the grounds crew and extinguished.

Although no one was hurt, Earle said if the fire was set intentionally the individuals involved may face serious charges under the Criminal Code, which could mean a jail sentence or fine if convicted.

The following day, at approximately 3:10 a.m., individuals in the Engineering Sciences Building illicitly used a fire extinguishers. "It was taken off the wall bracket and fired down the hall," Earle said. He added if students are responsible for the incident they will likely be punished under the student disciplinary code.

A ringing fire alarm at Lambton Hall was the cause for a number of interrupted dreams on March 12. Earle said the alarm, set off by a smoke detector in the hallway at 2:14 a.m., was activated by a number of students who were smoking in one of the apartment-style residence rooms.

On March 12 a theft of private property was reported from the campus recreation centre locker room in the UCC. Earle explained clothing, a wallet, identification and other personal property was stolen from the locker. "It's prudent for people to lock up their belongings, but I'd discourage leaving even valuable stuff in a locked locker."

More ambulances were requested on March 14, including one to attend to a male who suffered a cut to the head at Delaware Hall. Another ambulance was again sent to the residence at 4:20 a.m. to assist a female resident who was suffering from an asthma attack.

Approximately 12 hours later ambulances rushed to main campus again when a female fainted in the gym of the UCC.

At 2:17 a.m. Earle said officers found an intoxicated male in the UCC. "He was sent to the intoxification centre where he spent the night." He added the individual may face a fine for being intoxicated in a public place.

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