Volume 93, Issue 31

Tuesday, October 26, 1999


CASA campaign leaves mark

Western falls victim to vandalism once again

Skidmore named library's CEO

New institute means more cash

UBC prof condemns web filters

Thefts-a-plenty plague campus

Caught on campus


Western falls victim to vandalism once again

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

The Hume Cronyn Observatory has something new to look at with a Halloween twist – and you don't even need a telescope.

An orange pumpkin painted on the observatory's dome was discovered early yesterday morning. The vandalism, which displays the symbol for radiation as its eyes and nose and reads the words "ENG 03" for its mouth, is a yearly tradition said astronomy professor David Gray.

"If [the vandals have] been kind, like in recent times, they will have used water soluble paint," he said.

Although the pumpkin vandalism has appeared in past years, Gray said it's always disappointing. "They could come up with something new," he said. Gray was quick to add he would not want to give anybody other ideas, but thought the responsible group lacked creativity.

Jason Goodhand, Undergraduate Engineering Society president, said he became aware of it yesterday morning on the way to a class. "It's tradition and I like to see tradition," he said.

Although Goodhand said he had heard rumours engineering students were responsible for the vandalism, he stated no one, to his knowledge, has come forward to take responsibility. "When I came in first year, I knew the engineering students did it, so in a sense it is engineering related because it was done by engineers in the past," Goodhand said.

He added he was in no way associated with the act.

University Police Department Const. Wendy McGowan said the police were actively investigating the case. "The mark identifies a graduate class of 2003, so it's a first-year student," she said. "It is a criminal offence because it's vandalism of property."

Western's VP-academic Greg Moran said he had not seen the vandalism yet. "I have no comment right now because I was unaware of the vandalism, but we always work very closely with the university police," he said.

Goodhand added with all the conflict engineering students have been involved with since September, he hoped this event does not have people knocking at his door looking for answers.

"The administration never really said if the rules have changed," Goodhand said. He explained he was unsure if Western's administration had formulated new punishments for vandalism. However, Goodhand stated administration had made their views on vandalism clear by temporarily suspending four engineering students who confessed to defacing residences early in September.

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