Circus: Cubbyhole theft, U of M reefer

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Michigan â€" A University of Michigan student might be in a sticky situation after leaving some sticky icky in a campus greenhouse.

A staff member at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, where a Michigan practical botany class meets, discovered 11 plants that appeared to be cannabis on a table with other plants grown by students. In the 80-person class, finding the culprit has proven to be difficult.

It’s unlikely anyone is going to step forward and ’fess up either, since producing illegal drugs is a federal offence â€" which could lead to a four-year prison sentence and/or a $20,000 fine.

Who knew botany class could produce budding entrepreneurs?

Ottawa, ON â€" Carleton University safety officers recently nabbed a thief who repeatedly snatched purses, laptops and wallets from campus cafeteria cubbyholes.

The arrest followed an identification of the thief through a review of cafeteria surveillance footage. Police officers cuffed the culprit when he returned to the scene of the crime on March 10.

The man, who is not a Carleton student, was charged with seven counts of theft and one count of resisting arrest. Unfortunately, students are still missing their stuff and have sadly lost faith in the cubbyhole system.

But who thought cubbyholes at university were a good call anyway? This isn’t kindergarten, folks.

Halifax, NS â€" A professor at the University of King’s College has turned the fountain of knowledge into a fountain of beer. Drink up!

Well, not quite. Self-professed beer connoisseur and professor Gordon McOuat, said his “Beer 101” course is for students, not drinkers.

Aptly titled brewing science: the history, culture and science of beer, McOuat’s course was new this semester and included field trips to local breweries.

Not surprisingly, “Beer 101” was the most popular upper-year course in the small university’s history of science and technology program.

Vermont â€" Police recently conducted an air search to find a Middlebury College freshman who disappeared mysteriously over a month ago.

19-year-old Nicholas Garza was last seen leaving a friend’s dorm on Feb. 5 at around 11 p.m.

Garza was heading to his own room, just 500 yards away, but apparently never made it. Friends and family were unable to reach Garza throughout the rest of the week and his mother called local authorities to report his disappearance five days later.

Police have not found any traces of the student’s whereabouts despite scouring the campus and its surrounding area for over a month. Garza’s winter coat, iPod and laptop are untouched in his dorm room.

A $20,000 reward has been posted for any tips leading to Garza’s whereabouts.

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