Campus crime

Various fights occurred on campus in November, but fortunately, no major injuries. They included: someone being pushed through a glass plane in the library; a glass bottle smashed over a student’s head near MacEwan Student Centre; and threats issued to provoke a fight. Campus Security Manager Lanny Fritz described this incident as “a result of one student who decided to take revenge on the other student, because this student had dealings with his brother the year before.”

The alleged perpetrator’s younger bother, also a student, was under a weapon prohibition and restraining order. This resulted in the attacker seeking revenge for his sibling, who could not perform the act himself. Thus he proceeded to yell threats, and punch doors and windows. No harm resulted.

Paid duty police are on site during busy Den nights, though it is rare that they enter the bar. In one case, an officer unexpectedly confronted a male student, who was subsequently charged with assault, and penalized with non-academic misconduct, according to Fritz.

A thrilling but potentially dangerous incident occurred when a student decided to climb the exterior of Craigie Hall with no ropes.

“He free climbed on the south side of the building, was going to the north side and repel down,” said Campus Security Assistant Manager Ken Kress.

Meanwhile, the climber’s friend, a non student, videotaped the incident. The climber was met by Campus Security officers at the top of the rook. It was revealed that he was working on a personal project in promoting rock climbing. He too was dealt with non academic misconduct.

On a brighter note, a few officers were officially recognized by the City of Calgary for their hard work. In October, a car accident took place in front of University Drive and 24th Avenue, resulting in several injuries. One of the first to respond to the accident was Officer Newman, who performed first aid to an individual with a back injury.

The supervisor of the attended EMS said that they were “impressed by the first aid rendered to the accident victim.”

In thanks, Newman received a community recognition certificate from EMS.

Two more officers were finally recognized by the city for their good work during the G8 and G6B Summit over the summer: Fritz and Officer Tania Simister.

“She (Simister) developed our operational plan for the G8 and G6B summit, and how we would act and react in cooperation with Calgary Police regarding the summit’s activities,” said Fritz.

Simister’s plan, which included a security planed for the various sensitive areas on campus, planned a response to any incidents on campus during this event, and helped police with VIP and government officials’ visits.