Volume 94, Issue 38

Tuesday, November 18, 2000


Homeless get a vote

Hate crimes committee bolstered

Better youth turnout a goal for elections

York U. strike could be over soon

UPD urges students to call Foot Patrol

Campus Briefs

Quirks and Smirks

Ontario labour law questioned

Missing triplets spotted in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Planet Me

UPD urges students to call Foot Patrol

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

A number of suspicious occurrences have been reported around campus over the past week, but Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department, said students should not be overly concerned.

On Oct. 30, Foot Patrol officials contacted UPD to relay a report of a male hiding in the woods near the Medway parking lot and following people, she said, adding police responded and identified the individual.

Also on Oct. 30 a woman leaving campus around Althouse College reported a suspicious looking male standing in the bushes, McGowan said. The woman asked the male what he was doing and he responded he was waiting for a friend, she added.

Nov. 1, at 12:40 a.m., UPD received a report of a suspicious male looking into apartment windows at Lambton Hall. The individual was a white male of medium build.

"He could have been a 'peeping Tom,' or someone checking to see if it's worth breaking into an apartment," she said. "We'd like to remind people to keep their blinds drawn at night [to prevent individuals from looking in]."

Nov. 3 at 10:50 p.m., 3 males, one wearing a 'Freddy Krueger' mask were seen driving around campus in a maroon Mercury Cougar and yelling things at passersby, McGowan said.

She added she would like students to be aware of these occurrences but not to become overly worried or irrational. "I'd rather err on the side of caution," she said. "I don't want students to be prisoners in their own home. I just want them to be concerned with their safety. Students need to always utilize Foot Patrol and take safety measures."

In two other incidents, rowdy individuals were apprehended and banned from certain facilities on campus. On Nov. 2 at 1:34 a.m., an individual was involved in an altercation at The Spoke and as a result has been banned from the bar. Later on Nov. 2, an individual was reported to be causing trouble at The D.B. Weldon library. The individual was charged with trespassing and barred from the library, McGowan said.

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