Volume 93, Issue 76

Tuesday, February 15, 2000


Students hop on bus once again

Highest voter turnout in years

Guelph hit with series of sexual assaults

Investigation of Ottawa prof delayed

Play hopes to raise awareness

Fantino's remarks cause controversy

Campus on alert for suspicious activity


Caught on campus

Campus on alert for suspicious activity

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Suspicious activity and thefts seemed to plague Western last week, as criminals ran amuck in various buildings throughout campus.

Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department said individuals were still attempting to steal anything not nailed down.

"Nine additional thefts were reported this past week," McGowan said. She explained a wallet and cell phone were stolen from an unlocked residence room at Delaware Hall and five spinal teaching models were stolen from Elborn College. "I'm sure the people at Elborn could use the spinal models more than the individuals [who stole them]," she said.

Also stolen this week were items from the Health Sciences student council office, a backpack from the BookStore and a sports bag from the molecular biology department.

McGowan urged students to secure items and report any information regarding thefts on campus to the police.

Also last week, numerous reports of suspicious activities were reported to the UPD, McGowan said.

Saugeen-Maitland Hall was one scene of such activity on Feb. 16 when an unidentified man was seen in the parking lot, McGowan said. While she could not comment on the nature of the activity, she did say marijuana was a factor.

Suspicious activity was also reported in the basements of the Medical and Dental Sciences buildings a few times last week, as unsecured lockers were found ransacked in the morning with the contents strewn on the floor.

Questionable behaviour was also afoot at Middlesex College over the weekend when an individual was reported looking into the ground floor office windows. McGowan said when officers arrived on the scene, an individual was located, but upon further investigation it was found the individual was not related to the alleged criminal act.

"We had a number of reports of suspicious activity this week and we appreciate the quick [student] response to these activities," McGowan said.

The UPD was also able to provide much needed advice to a few students experiencing harassing phone calls and emails, as well as one female student who received advice from UPD officers regarding a physical assault she endured from her boyfriend.

A three car minor fender-bender occurred on Feb. 10 on University Drive just before 9 a.m., McGowan said. When the officers arrived at the scene, the vehicles were gone and other than the passer-by who reported the accident, no calls or complaints were received by the UPD.

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