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Students attacked at Fanshawe
A pair of London-born, Fanshawe College students were arrested for sexual assault in the late hours of Tuesday night.

At 10:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, two young men entered the common room of a Fanshawe residence and grabbed an 18-year old female student, according to London Police Service. The victim was pushed against a wall and groped until others stumbled onto the scene, causing the suspects to flee. The victim was uninjured.

While a Fanshawe College Special Constable quickly caught one suspect, the other broke into a room in the residence and attempted to rob the room’s occupant, LPS reported.

The male victim suffered minor injuries after being kicked and spat upon until London police arrived and arrested the individual.

Brian Cooper, 19, and Joseph Lamanna, 21, were charged with sexual assault, with Lamanna receiving the additional charge of robbery.
"Mike Hayes

Look both ways before you cross the street
Two Western students suffered non-life threatening injuries when struck by a vehicle on University Drive Sunday afternoon, according to Campus Community Police Services.

While crossing the street towards Elgin Hall, two women were reportedly hit by a red Dodge Caravan. The incident is still under investigation. Both students were released from University Hospital later that day.

No names were released, but the victims were reported to be 17 and 18 years of age and residents of Delaware Hall and Saugeen-Maitland Hall.

A security guard will be placed at the crosswalk on Perth Drive near the North Campus Building in an attempt to increase safety.

CCPS emphasize it is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to use caution when out and about this school year.
"Jaclyn Haggarty

Attackers go phishing for Western account information
A recent phishing attack conned 19 people into giving away their Western account information.

Phishing is a traditional electronic scam, which works by sending e-mails making false claims in an attempt to trick people into giving away personal information.

In many of these attacks, phishers pretend to be part of Information Technology Services at Western in order to use account information to send out spam in massive quantities. Phishers may also attempt identity theft with the information they receive.

The recent e-mail claimed to be from webmail and told victims their account would be shut down if they did not respond with their username, password and birth date in time.

“The school will never ask for that information in an e-mail,” said Debbie Jones, director of ITS.

Every week or so, ITS witnesses similar phishing attacks launched, but generally only five or six people comply.

“If you receive a suspicious e-mail, be skeptical and do not respond,” Jones encouraged, adding students should be vigilant about protecting their username, password and other private information.
"Hannah Rosen

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