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BITE-SIZED NEWS

Zanesville resident releases exotic pets, takes own life

In Zanesville, Ohio, Terry Thompson, 62, freed 56 wild animals on Oct. 18 before taking his own life. Authorities killed 49 of the animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions, to protect the public. The lone monkey that had not been accounted for was probably eaten by a tiger. Six of the animals were tranquilized and taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Thompson had been released from prison just three weeks prior to the incident. He was serving time for owning eight illegal weapons (abc6onyourside.com). He owed $68,000 to the I.R.S. and county in back taxes and had two federal liens placed on his property last year, according to the AP (people.com).

Suspected arson in Stibbs St. house fire

On Oct. 8, 2011, a house on Stibbs St. burnt to the ground. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

“Since investigators have not located any possible accidental causes of the fire, it will be investigated as an arson,” reported The Daily Record. Evidence from the scene has been collected for analysis.

The house, valued at $50,000, was completely totaled and was unoccupied at the time.

MC Hammer to launch search engine

Nineties rapper Stanley Kirk Burrell (MC Hammer) announced on Oct. 19 that he is planning to launch a search engine called WireDoo.

WireDoo’s goal is to improve searching by providing “relationship-driven services” and to “go beyond the generalities that give you more relative information in a consistent way in a new environment,” said cbsnews.com.

An example Hammer gave was searching for a zip code. On top of basic search content, WireDoo would also give related information like schools, homes and hospitals.

WireDoo is currently in closed beta and is tentatively planned to launch around Dec. 2011 (cbsnews.com).

Security briefs- 10/4-10/10

Security briefs — 10/4 – 10/10

Informational

10/4 ­— 1:44 p.m.

Hider House

Suspect broke window while making her bed.

Vandalism

10/7 ­— 7:33 a.m.

Bissman Hall

Someone shot off

fire extinguisher.

 

10/8 ­— 11:40 p.m.

Andrews Library ext.

Suspect lifted SPS golf cart and broke

part of it.

10/9 ­— 1:11 a.m.

Compton Hall

Someone broke plexiglass window.

10/8 ­— 2:51 a.m.

Scheide Music Center

Graffiti found on glass door.

Fire alarm

10/5 ­— 6:12 p.m.

Calcei House

Residents grilling on porch.

10/5 ­— 6:51 p.m.

Calcei House

Residents still grilling on porch.

Theft

10/9 ­— 9:20 p.m.

P.E.C.

Reported iPhone taken from backpack.

Disorderly

10/8 ­— 11:57 p.m.

Kieffer House

Suspect found urinating outside house.

Trespassing

10/8 ­— 12:52 a.m.

Beall Ave.

Three suspects cursed and yelled at three female students.

Vehicle crash

10/5 ­— 1:55 p.m.

Beall Ave. & Wayne Ave. intersection

Suspect ran stop sign and hit college vehicle.

Animal call

10/3 ­— 6:46 p.m.

Andrews Hall

Reported stray cat outside building, unable to locate.

Lead paint threat turns out insignificant

Lead paint threat turns out insignificant

Ramsey Kincannon

News Editor

Before Fall Break, many students living in program houses were informed of the possibility of lead paint lining the walls of their program houses.

They were requested to sign a form acknowledging that some of the houses built before 1978 could have been covered with a lead-based paint. This caused a significant stir to many residents of program houses, who felt they were not offered enough of an alternative to merely signing a form. They were also worried about the possibility of a poisonous substance lining their walls.

Lauren Dyer, the assistant director of resident life, stated that the notification was merely a informative bulletin brought on by a government regulation which mandates that owners of homes built before 1978 inform their renters or residents of the possibility of lead-based paint. She also said that “there isn’t a concern,” there are “no plans to tear down houses” in order to rebuild them, but the Resident Life staff are always “doing projects to update housing.”

Wooster’s Independent Student Housing Application has already stated the possibility of lead paint in the houses, and has issued the following regulation in their application for off-campus housing: “Before renting pre-1978 housing, owners are required to disclose the presence of lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling, and renters must receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.”

Louis W. Sullivan, the secretary of the department of Health and Human Services in 1991, said that lead was the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States”          (epa.gov).

The substances used then were heavily-leaded; homes erected as recently as 1978 could still contain trace elements. Therefore, the residents of homes built before 1960 should be the most concerned about lead paint.

Though many of the drastic side effects are incredibly unlikely and would require extreme exposure over long periods of time, high levels of lead ingestion could lead to symptoms such as “convulsion, coma and even death” (epa.gov). Lower levels of exposure would “adversely affect the brain, the central nervous system, blood cells and kidneys” (epa.gov).

 

 

Can Wooster’s facilities accommodate their students?

Can Wooster’s facilities accommodate their students?

An examination of the College’s facilities and resources’ capacities

Adriana Hoak

Staff Writer

Currently, The College of Wooster is working with facilities that are filled to capacity.

“We are maxed out on mailboxes, if just one broke, there would be a problem.  The PEC was also built for a much smaller campus, and we’re currently trying to fix that with the Scot Center,” Kurt Holmes, Dean of Students said.

Ninety-nine percent of dorm rooms are also now occupied. If need be, there are 30 to 40 extra spots for students, as certain singles and doubles can be converted into doubles and triples.

Other houses on Spink Street that have not been used for two years are now being utilized         as well.

Bissman Hall was converted into a first-year dorm, as the Greek groups only kept it 75 percent full. Greek life has been given housing to maximize living space on campus.

“The basements of Wagner and Bissman are now open as flex spaces for freshmen,” Krista Kronstein, Director of Residence   Life said.

The resident assistant staff was rumored to increase due to the recent changes in housing, though it has not been added to within the past two years.  Where staff members are located has been changed to accommodate underclassmen.

“Armington and Stevenson don’t have as many RA’s as Bissman and Douglass, because upperclassmen don’t have as many issues on the floor to deal with,” Kronstein said.

Because the College is a mostly residential campus, parking has been a problem, especially with recent football games and tailgating. An off-campus house on University Street was purchased to accommodate more students with cars along with big events.

“The lot on University Street has helped with football games, but it is too early to see the impact until it’s finished.  However, any off-street parking we can provide is a plus,” Steve Glick, Director of Security and Protective               Services said.

In the first occassion in the College’s history, Wooster has seen parking permits completely sell out.  If a student wants a spot, he or she will be put on a waiting list until a spot opens up.

The campus dining facilities are also very busy, serving close to 16 thousand meals a week.

“Does the Lowry dining hall get crowded at peak times? Sure.  We still accommodate students the same as we have done in years past,” Chuck Wagers, Director of Campus Dining Services, said.

Kittredge was re-opened last year to help with the Lowry lunch rush.  It serves well over 200 students each day.   The food staff was increased last year to facilitate Kittredge and Pop’s Sub Stop.

“We need to balance the right formula to accommodate all the students in every aspect of their Wooster experience. “We want to let students know we are not doing a disservice because of the size of the college,” Dean Holmes said.

We don’t want to diminish the experience that has been used since the college’s founding,” Bob Rodda, Director of Lowry Center and Student Services said.

 

Other Wooster Facts:

— The headcount of students at the college is 1,863.

 — The class of 2014 was the largest class of

incoming freshmen, with 621 students.

— Between 75 and 100 students are abroad each year. 2011 has over 100 study abroad students, which is higher than any year thus far.

 — There is more than enough space to accommodate a college of 2000 students.

 — 80 more students in the class of 2015 chose Wooster than projected.

Safety awareness forum turns contentious

Safety awareness forum turns contentious

Emily Timmerman

Editor in Chief

The College of Wooster’s Campus Council held an open forum Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Lowry Lobby, open to students, faculty, staff and administration.  Titled as a “Safety Awareness Forum,” discussion was initiated by Kevin Carpenter ’12, chair of campus council, and Hannah Haas ’12, president of SGA.  Students were invited to initiate the dialogue by “sharing personal experiences and feelings about safety on campus.”

The subsequent discussion quickly turned to stories of harassment ranging from specific personal experiences to more general accounts.  Issues of harassment directed at students both by other students on campus, as well as by Wooster community members were discussed. Dean of Students Kurt Holmes, Associate Director of Security and Protective Services Joe Kirk and Director of Security and Protective Services Steve Glick were all addressed individually and asked to speak on the prevalent issues of safety and harassment on campus, as well as challenged on their current handling of such instances.

In true nature of a dialogue, students were also encouraged to offer suggestions aimed to improve the situation. Many students suggested a re-evaluation of the priorities of SPS, particularly in regards to the attention that reports of harassment currently receive. Many students expressed a desire for security to provide more thorough follow up on reports of harassment to the students involved in the incidents.

In reaction to a perceived increase in number of community members, specifically local registered sex offenders, on campus, student’s suggested that areas such as the library be restricted to student use only. Provost Carolyn Newton and Dean Holmes both spoke to this point, explaining that since the library houses public records, it legally must be open to the public at-large. Dean Holmes did suggest that while complete restriction cannot be implemented, limited and controlled access to the computers might deter some of the angst surrounding this.

There were mixed feelings surrounding suggestions that more community outreach by the students would reduce negative interactions between students and local residents. Opinions were split; certain students believed that while community outreach is important, it fails to foster the necessary connection between students and those select community members who are responsible for harassment. Others suggested that the college community cannot expect locals to respect them until the divide between “us and them” is breached.

Carpenter ended the forum after two hours, but assured the group that “the discussion is certainly not over.”

Campus drug abuse doubles

Campus drug abuse doubles

Administration responds with “Safe, Sober, Smart” program

Kris Fronzak &

Emily Timmerman

Editors in Chief

To date, incidents of drug abuse on campus have more than doubled between the 2010 and 2011 calendar years. In particular, Security and Protective Services has seen an increase in marijuana use, though LSD and prescription drug abuse is also on the rise.

Though SPS has noted a slight increase in alcohol use since 2008, the number of drug-related reports is jarring by comparison.

In the calendar year of 2008, the total number of drug-related incidents reported was 53. The year 2009 showed a slight increase of 62 total incidents and 2010 had only 45. By contrast, as of October this year, drug-related incidents have already reached 103.

According to Joe Kirk, the associate director of SPS, there are a number of reasons why the administration finds this trend alarming.

“The students involved are younger in class year, there are more people involved at each incident, individuals have been found in more public places, and we are seeing different drugs involved in these incidents,” Kirk said.

Christie Kracker, the associate dean of students, agreed. “The dramatic increase is not just in drug use but in drug use in highly visible manners — smoking joints at picnic tables or on the front lawn of a residence hall.”

In an effort to combat this growing issue on campus, the college is launching a three-day substance abuse awareness program on campus, entitled “Safe, Sober, Smart.” The main intent of the program is to remind students that their daily decisions can have significant ramifications in their future lives and careers. On a more immediate level, the program also emphasizes that the consequences of these decisions affect the larger college community.

“It has to be a community issue because substance abuse is nearly always the basis for our behavior… we all need to be a part of this solution,” said   Kracker.

The program is designed solely to raise awareness of these issues — no policy changes are being implemented at this time.

When asked if SPS’s past handling of drug abuse necessitated this awareness week, Steve Glick, the director of SPS, commented, “any institution reexamines how they do business. In talking to my colleagues, I don’t see any significant difference [in our handling of incidents].”

In support of the program, Roxie Deer ’13 spoke from the perspective of the chair of the Judicial Board, a “Safe, Sober, Smart” committee member and a student on campus. “We want our community to be chemical free and safe for everyone…We need to strive for success outside the classroom, just as much as we strive for success inside the classroom.”