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Tuesday, February 4, 2003

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Damn cannibas smokers

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

Despite a profound lack of super villains in tights, last week saw a campus full of minor criminal activities.

The week began with a car break-in at the Glenmore parking lot on Jan. 27, said Const. Wendy McGowan, spokesperson for the University Police Department, adding a CD player was stolen from the vehicle.

Later that same evening, UPD received a noise complaint from residents of Bayfield Hall, McGowan said.

"Under the [city's] noise bylaw, [complaints] are not restricted to time. It is any unreasonable noise that may disturb occupants," she explained.

Last Tuesday, a fire alarm was pulled outside The Spoke, in the University Community Centre, during the early hours of the morning, McGowan said.

Also on Tuesday, another shoplifter was caught stealing food from Centre Spot in the UCC. "If students need food due to lack of finances, the [University Students' Council] does have a food bank," McGowan said.

The student in question, will be charged under the Student Code of Conduct, and received a trespassing notice banning him from the site, she added.

There were also a few traffic offenses on Jan. 29, involving a few speeders on campus. "Driving is a privilege," McGowan said. Other privileges include zamboni driving, getting drunk, throwing oranges at old people and writing for The Gazette (not necessarily in that order, but definitely on the same day).

Also that day, two males were observed smoking behind Essex Hall residence. The two students were caught and will be charged with possession of cannabis under the Student Code of Conduct, McGowan said.

The end of the school week saw a fire in the Engineering Sciences Building on Friday. "A barrel of magnesium was on fire in the hallway," McGowan said.

The London Fire Department was called, and the fire was extinguished, she said, adding the hall was ventilated and is now back to normal.

Finally, the week ended with a snowball fight on University Drive. A snowball was thrown at a car windshield on Feb. 1, causing $300 in damage, McGowan explained.

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