Volume 95, Issue 21

Wednesday, October 10, 2001
 
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NEWS

New recruits rush to sign up

Western residence fears bomb threat

Terrorism up for debate, says UWO prof

BOG profile: Scott Belton

Left-wing views cause 'uprising'

Western residence fears bomb threat

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff


In response to a recent police-issued alert of possible 'suspicious packages' en route to Western, Glenmore's student apartment administration has refused to accept parcels and packages for its residents.

"It was a decision we made on our own in response to [an alleged bomb threat] a couple weeks ago," said Pam Fenetry, an office assistant in Glenmore's rental office. "We just thought it was the best thing for our safety."

In a letter from Glenmore administration to its student tenants, it was stated that "until further notice" nothing more than flat packages would be accepted. Glenmore administration presides over Ausable, Bayfield, Beaver and Lambton residences.

As of yesterday, Fenetry said about half a dozen packages have been turned away.

"We recently talked about lifting the ban and we're hoping to do it in the next couple of weeks with Christmas coming," she said. "But nobody has complained about it so far. The residents seem to be very understanding."

Inspector Bob Earle of the University Police Department said campus officials were not aware of Glenmore's actions and he did not necessarily endorse what they were doing.

"Ideally we would like organizations on campus to notify us before they make those types of decisions," he said. "My job is to make sure our campus operates safely without having to sacrifice our normal operating procedures.

"In our case, the threat that was made towards our campus wasn't really specific and we haven't identified any real concerns," Earle said, adding mail-handlers at Western have been trained to identify possible suspicious packages.

Since the alert, three packages have been brought forward to police but have turned out to be harmless once inspected, he said.

The investigation is still ongoing into the threats that were made two weeks ago.

Bayfield Hall resident Kristin Adams, a fourth-year media, information and technoculture and film student, said she has not been affected by the current ban, but there is a potential for problems.

"I can see it being problematic," she said. "This is an apartment building with a lot of students who receive a lot of mail. We should have access to that."

According to Earle, no changes to operating procedures have been made elsewhere on campus as a result of the recent global concerns.




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