March debauchery

By Herb Mathisen

The combination of alcohol and loud music forced one man to part ways with his punk.

During the Frostbite Festival on Mar. 9, a young man who had had his share of the hooch found his way on stage and began dancing with the band. He then "stage dived" into the crowd, expecting to be caught. He was not, however, met by an eager audience. Instead, the sea of punk rockers parted and the man was introduced to the floor.

A brief scuffle ensued with a fan who had been knocked over by the stage plunger. Campus Security Manager Lanny Fritz described the man as "argumentative," as he resisted an SU escort by "trying to run back into the concert."

"The individual [non-student] was formally warned not to trespass onto university property," said Fritz.

One University of Calgary janitor went through a nerve-wracking ordeal last month. While emptying a garbage can, the janitor was pricked by a syringe.

"It is kind of scary," said Fritz, who quickly pointed out "the needle had not been used on a person or an animal."

The janitor was tested and the results were negative.

After the incident, Safety Services reviewed their procedure for discarding sharp objects.

Theft is still a problem on campus.

At 5:50 a.m. on Mar. 14, two suspicious men were observed in the Professional Faculties Building. When confronted, the pair fled Campus Security, with one man dropping a bookbag containing $1,821.65 worth of coins.

"We believe they were taking from vending machines," said Fritz.

It is suspected one of the men had a key, as there was no evidence of forced entry.

"These were most likely non-students," said Fritz. "These are men with criminal histories, from outside the province."

Fritz said there has been a rash of vending machine break-ins across Western Canada, which fit this pattern.

The case is currently under police investigation.

In another incident, "Kill 4 God" was spraypainted on a rental van belonging to a church organization. The supervisor on duty recalls a religious group was on campus that evening for a retreat. The crime may have been in response to the visit.

Fritz does not believe this act to be the work of U of C students.

"Most issues on campus are non-student," he explained. "Because the campus is an open environment, the criminal element does find its way here."

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