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Weber House broken into during winter break

Security and Protective Services (SPS) found that Weber House had been broken into and residents later reported that their items had been stolen (Photo by Claire Montgomery ’20).

Claire Montgomery

Senior News Writer

On Jan. 14, Director of Security and Protective Services (SPS) Steve Glick sent an email to the campus community about the break-in of a campus house. The building was later identified by house members as Weber House. “Several student rooms were entered and items were taken,” Glick stated. “The incident is being investigated by SPS and the police department. There are no suspects at this time.”

When asked how the break-in was discovered, Glick said, “Officers saw a light on in one of the small houses and upon checking found that someone had gone through the house, damaging a door. There were no obvious signs of entry.” Jason Cerniglia ’20, a resident of Weber House, said, “The members of Weber House heard about the break-in upon arriving back to campus on Sunday, Jan. 12, when a resident entered the house that afternoon.” Cerniglia added that the break-in was reported on either Dec. 20 or 21.

“The responding officer believed that an incident did occur, but from his/her perspective, no items of value were stolen,” Cerniglia stated. Jacob Stewart ’20 commented on the initial response of the officer who discovered the incident. “The responding officer did not file a police report when the incident occurred,” he said, “because [they] believed it would be too difficult for the members of the house to determine what had been taken.” Stewart added that the officer filed the incident as “informational” and that “given this designation, the break-in was not flagged by the system and the Chiefs of Security were never notified.” However, Stewart emphasized that they did not fault Glick or Associate Director Joe Kirk. “We as a house found Steve Glick and Joe Kirk to be helpful through the process,” Stewart said. “We do not want to speak for either of them, but the negligence exhibited by the responding officers were not taken lightly by Steve and Joe, or the house.” Jacob Beuter ’20 reiterated Kirk’s helpfulness, saying, “Joe Kirk inspected the property and placed latches onto multiple basement windows.” Beuter said the culprit likely entered the house through a basement window that could be pushed open from outside.

Other members of the house including Mick Appel ’20 and Seth Burke ’21 reported that out of the 10 house members, at least six had items stolen. Although they cannot go into the specifics, miscellaneous objects such as clothing items and change jars were taken.

When asked about the morale of the house, member Clark Morin ’20 stated, “There is obviously a level of anxiety involved given the incident, but the members of the house are coping with the situation well.”

In Glick’s initial email, he finished by reminding the members of campus to “make sure all doors shut securely behind you, report suspicious activity, do not keep any doors propped open, secure first floor windows and report any nonworking doors or windows to Facilities or SPS.” Moreover, “residents of small houses can request a security review of their houses by contacting” Kirk or Glick.

 

Two recent incidents of arson under investigation

Ian Benson

News Editor

Early April 7, a fire was discovered at the Gault Admissions Center, damaging the front doors of the building. This was the second incident in little over a week, with a fire started near Kauke Hall early March 30.

The Kauke fire was reported by the custodial staff and the Admissions Center fire set off the alarm. In both cases, members of the College’s Security and Protective Services extinguished the flames. Both incidents caused minimal damage.

Also on March 30, two fires were set in the backyards of private homes around the city of Wooster. The incidents are currently under investigation by the Wooster Police Department and the State Fire Marshall, with the College cooperating in the process.

“Once someone starts burning things and destroying property, that crosses a line,” said Director of Security and Protective Services Steven Glick.

“Arsons are always tough,” Glick said. “They’re just about as bad as burglaries and have a very low clearance rate. There’s usually technical stuff that goes with them, but the investigations tend to take a while.”

This is not the first time the College has dealt with arson, though it is the first time in recent memory they have involved buildings. A few years ago, a series of dumpster fires were started, one case being close to a building. “Some think fires like that are fun to burn, but they’re pretty serious,” Glick said. “The buildings are brick but the roofs aren’t and if the wind catches things, then there’s a serious problem. That’s why we have to go through a whole permit process for the bonfires we have, to make sure they’re controlled.”

Security and Protective Services is asking for information regarding both incidents, though they expect there to be more information about the Admissions fire. “Considering the time and location of the Kauke fire, no one might have seen that,” Glick said. “But over at Admissions, it’s a high traffic area with people coming and going from parties. Somebody might have seen someone or something and didn’t realize the connection.”

“Unless the person that did this hit it at exactly the right time, someone saw them,” Glick said. Also, Glick emphasized that students should keep an ear out for any information that might be related to the fires. “Somebody beyond the person who did this probably knows it. A student might overhear a conversation someplace or might think back to one of those two evenings and remember someone standing around there. It may be nothing more than a general description, but that is something.”

To report any information about either incident, please contact Security and Protective Services at x2590.

Procedures for carrel, single room selections change for next year

Kim Schmitz

News Editor

Many students have wondered how the College’s largest student body in recent history is going to be accommodated next year. Senior study carrels and single dorm rooms are some of the expected space shortages. To fairly assign these spaces, lottery systems similar to the general room draw took place on Sunday.

This is the first year that students were able to select their own carrels. In years past, rising seniors filled out an application in which they indicated which areas they preferred; options were limited to the four levels of the Andrews and Gault libraries.

This year, students were assigned a draw number and attended a selection event where they chose the specific carrel they wanted. This provided the opportunity for groups of friends to select carrels near each other, as Mark Christel, director of libraries, pointed out.

Additionally, approximately 55 new carrels will be added to the libraries for student use next year, bringing the total number of carrels to around 400. Some of the new carrel locations include the second floor of Andrews, the second floor of Gault, Andrews Lower 2, and Timken. Because of this addition, so far every student who wanted a study carrel has been accommodated.

The single dorm room selection procedures were changed this year because of the limited number of one-person dorm rooms on campus. In past years, residents filled out an application for a single and did not participate in the room draw lottery.

This year, singles were assigned based on the lottery numbers students received for regular room draw. They attended an event earlier this week, where, similar to the regular housing draw, they were able to select rooms in the order of their lottery numbers. No application was required to take part in the event, so students with the higher lottery numbers were in the best position to get a single.

Once all the available rooms were assigned, students who did not get a single could put their names on a waitlist. They were also encouraged to participate in the regular room draw this week.

At the regular room draw, only one big change was made from last year. Previously, a group of two students were able to select a triple with the intention of keeping the third spot empty, if space permitted. Similarly, one student could acquire a double room. This often occurred if one roommate would be gone for one semester but not both. This year, however, the room must be filled by the correct number of students. All future residents must be present at the time the room is chosen.

Off-campus housing is another area that has been discussed more this year than in the past. Very few students choose this option every year, and the few that do generally either are seniors or live in Wooster with their families.

One reason that off-campus housing is somewhat unpopular is that it has the potential to deduct from students’ financial aid packages. In working with students and the Financial Aid department, Krista Kronstein, director of residence life, has only encountered this to be a problem if students receive need-based aid. Other types of aid, such as merit scholarships, are not usually affected.

If a student does receive need-based aid, they are not discouraged from looking into off-campus housing. Rather, they are encouraged to reach out to Financial Aid as soon as possible in order to determine what it would mean for his or her individual package.

TED Talks Sponsored by C4E

The C4E is presenting the 2011 TED talks from March 1 until March 4 via an official webstream. The presentations will be available to watch in the Center for Entrepreneurship,† Morgan 301. The presentations will cover topics across all majors at the college, including sociology, biology, neuroscience and philosophy.† This the second annual TED hosted by the College.

GSE program receives major honor

The College of Wooster’s Global Social Entrepreneurship (Global SE) program has been cited for excellence by the Institute of International Excellence (IIE).† The Global SE program will receive the Andrew Heiskell Award for innovation in international education at the Sixth Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference on March 18. IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman indicated that this year’s Heiskell Award winners represent some of the world’s best initiatives in internationalizing higher education. “As institutions continue to innovate, taking their internationalization efforts to new heights and depths, we look forward to continuing our tradition of recognizing their commitment to excellence and meeting the global mandate of our time,” he said.

New fund to help assist the unemployed

The HOPE Fund in Wayne County seeks to assist lower income individuals in this time of few job opportunities.† People that need a variety of odd jobs done may Lease a Lion, Rent a Rotarian, or Contract a Kiwanian. These jobs help teach job training skills for future hiring opportunities. The person hiring the help may choose to pay them in cash, or pay them back in service. The HOPE Fund hopes that this will become a cycle of helping one another and providing assistance to improve quality of life for lower income Wooster.