Carman Hall a haven for vandalism

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Stolen fire extinguishers, broken exit signs and water fountains ripped from the wall are a few of the problems Carman Hall has seen recently.

Carman Resident Director Amy Price said police reports have been filed for some of the vandalism, but that in many cases there are no suspects.

One of the main problems Carman has had is trash being thrown down stairwells or hallways. Price said the carpets have been cleaned twice already this year, something that is usually only done once, after students leave in the spring.

“It shouldn’t need to be done more than once a year,” she said.

Many fire extinguishers, or the glass cases they are contained in, have been broken or stolen throughout the building. Price said this is a real problem for safety reasons.

Price said there have also been six or seven damaged or destroyed exit signs, so many that Facilities, Planning and Management has run out of replacement parts for the signs.

The worst of the vandalism occurred in the month of February, Price said.

“It’s normal for things to get a little rowdier,” she said. “I would say … it’s unusual in the extent of the damage. Mostly this is the guys’ side.”

Price said most of the damage has been contained to two or three floors in the south tower.

So far, few accusations of guilt have been made, as few students have come forward as witnesses to the acts. Price said there have been a few instances where guilt has been determined, and the administration is working with the University Police Department on charges.

Detective Sgt. Ron Miller of UPD, said the vandalism at Carman is not significantly different than that which occurs elsewhere on campus.

“All the residence halls experience some vandalism,” Miller said. “For the most part … it’s considerably more this year than it is (has been) in the past.”

Miller said Carman is looking into ways to solve some of the problems, such as requiring keys for each floor on the elevators and requiring keys to enter each floor.

He said some of the problems are originally just pranks being pulled by people from other floors.

“Some of it is just plain meanness,” Miller said.

Incidents such as the broken exit signs are more serious than others, Miller said.

“That’s serious, those are felonies,” he said. “There’s no witnesses, right now we haven’t charged anyone with those.”