Vandal destroys garden fence

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The sign for Octopus’s Garden stands directly in front of a section of destroyed fence. A vandal smashed a large portion of the fence over the weekend. The vandal, a student, was caught, according to Director of Campus Safety Chris Hayen. Facilities Services will rebuild the fence. (Anna Klug | Concordiensis)

Around 2 a.m. on Jan. 17, parts of the fence surrounding Octopus’s Garden, next to McKean House, were ripped apart and destroyed.

As of Jan. 18, the vandal has been caught and Director of Campus Safety Chris Hayen confirmed that the vandal was a student.

According to Director of Facilities and Planning Loren Rucinski, a similar act of vandalism occurred around Jan. 9.

This act prompted Hayen and Campus Safety to pay closer attention to the area.

The repairs, as in any act of vandalism, will be taken care of by Facilities Services. Since the student was just caught, it has yet to be determined who will be covering the $100 worth of damage to the fence.

Vandalism is a problem on all college campuses, said Rucinski, and most vandalism at Union occurs during the spring term.

He noted that the amount of vandalism continues to decrease each year and says, “That’s a positive.”

In response to the vandalism, Hayen said, “We have a beautiful campus that we should all cherish. Vandalism is a senseless act that creates a waste of resources that could be put to good use.”

Rucinski shared Hayen’s sentiments, saying, “We have a beautiful campus and I think most students realize that and enjoy their time here.”

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