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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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O-Week come and gone

By Derek Rhodenizer
Gazette Staff


While Western was forced to endure some criminal activity during this year's Orientation Week, virtually all of the organizers considered it a great success.

"Orientation participation is way up this year," said media, information and technoculture head soph Jordan Stone.

"We [MIT] have sold out all our frosh kits, including back-ups, and all events have been a success [with] good participation," he added.

"The week has been bigger and better this year," explained USC info-team head soph Lisa McGregor.

"There were no injuries or major problems this year, other than a few drunk frosh on Thursday night," said Orientation officer Chris Lunn, adding the Student Emergency Response Team attended all events as a precaution this year.

"Sophs were trained to deal with some problems that may have occurred, however, the head sophs received more in-depth training during a weekend in May, to deal with larger problems such as crowd control," Lunn explained.

According to Lunn, many successful events took place this year, but he singled out the Thursday night foam party on University College hill as one event which should be repeated next year.

Lunn said one issue that needs to be addressed before next year's O-Week is that of upper-year students and non-students attempting to enter events which are intended for first-year students only.

"Upper-year students attempted to enter restricted events during the week by using broken or old Orientation Week bracelets," Lunn explained.

There was some criminal activity this O-Week, including 11 bike thefts, egg throwing and the Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence tunnel being filled with hay, said Wendy McGowan, spokesperson for the University Police Department.

"We are aware that it is O-Week, but we will not jeopardize safety," she added.

"There were several alcohol related incidents this past week," explained McGowan, including three individuals being sent to the hospital for alcohol abuse, stolen construction signs and an obscene phone call. "We were quite busy," she said.

McGowan said these pranks were all judged on an individual basis, noting they were criminal acts in many cases. She said the most common criminal offense was the theft of property.

Despite the many criminal incidents on campus, most first-year students enjoyed the week.

"The sophs were awesome, with tons of energy," said Amy Eckenseiler, a first-year health science student, noting she and her friends participated in many of the offered O-week activities.

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