Volume 95, Issue 73

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

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Drunkards steal squash trophy

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Western's varsity squash team was robbed of a championship last week literally.

After returning from Toronto with their 19th straight Ontario University Athletics championship and the half-a-century old Harold Martin trophy to prove it, five members of the squash team and their prize made their way to The Ceeps to celebrate Saturday night.

Around 1:30 a.m., two of the members realized their trophy had been snatched just moments after they had turned to a waitress to order drinks, according to team member Tim Loat.

Loat said he and his teammates immediately asked the bar's bouncers if they had seen anything and one said two people had just whisked themselves into a cab with the trophy.

The bouncer could not recall what the culprits looked like and had no idea where they were going.

The team is now looking into offering a cash reward and are promising not to press charges if the kidnappers return it.

"There's a lot of Western names on it it's a trophy full of tradition," Loat said.

On campus, goods were also being stolen left, right and centre.

Last Thursday night, a Lambton Hall resident had her purple Sony laptop stolen out of her room while sleeping, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

"Apparently she had left the door open for her roommate," McGowan said. "It's important for students to remember to carry their key. Leaving your door open is not worth losing a computer."

In other news, it seems studying isn't the only thing that takes place at DB Weldon Library.

Last Monday, a student had his khaki Helly Hansen jacket containing his wallet and ID stolen while at the library.

The next day, a wallet lying on top of a stack of books was taken after its owner had briefly abandoned a computer workstation on the first-floor.

Even Campus Recreation has not been able to avoid the stealing spree over the last several weeks a ghettoblaster, goalie pads and a goalie stick have been taken from their outdoor hockey rink, McGowan said.

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