Volume 95, Issue 88

Wednesday, March 20, 2002
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Students' councils losing cash - literally

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

Western's students' councils are being advised to keep closer tabs on office access following a recent cash theft from the Education Students' Council – the third council to experience theft by suspected insiders this year.

Const. Wendy McGowan from the University Police Department said a small amount of cash was reported stolen from the ESC office in Althouse College on Mar. 15. There was no sign of forced entry to the office and the theft is still under investigation.

"Other individuals that are affiliated with the office still need to be spoken to," she said.

Meanwhile, the investigation of three separate thefts last fall from the office of the Undergraduate Engineering Society has been closed due to a lack of suspects.

"We're upset the money wasn't recovered," said UES president Nancy Wigmore.

The stolen money will "definitely" affect the UES budget, but will not force the cancellation of any council events next year, she said.

A theft from the King's College Students' Council office, which occurred during the December holiday break, is still under investigation.

Like with the other council thefts, there was no sign of forced entry into the KCSC office.

KCSC president Doug Peck said the amount of money stolen was not significant enough to affect next year's budget.

"The number of people with keys in the past was extensive – so it's hard to point fingers," he said.

Peck said police have advised KCSC on security procedures and added there are plans to upgrade office entry to a key and punch code system, which would keep an access log in its memory.

"It sucks that we were stolen from, but the benefit is that security from here on in will be very reliable," he said.

The London Police Department is assisting UPD in investigating the KCSC theft, said Const. Ryan Holland.

There are currently no suspects or witnesses, he said.

Joel Campbell, president of the ESC, could not be reached for comment.

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