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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
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Bizarre double-vandalism troubles Reid staff

Illustration: Emily Johnson

Recently,  Associate Dean of Students for Student Programs and Activities Barbara Maxwell sent an email informing students of an incident of vandalism in Reid Campus Center. According to Maxwell, Reid staff found two chairs that had their arms sliced open.

The first chair was found two weeks ago in the TV area between the first and second floor. The second chair was found last week in the coffeehouse area.

“What’s so unnerving about the situation is that they both happened within a week of each other,” said Maxwell. “At Reid, we generally don’t have any vandalism at all, which is what makes this situation so odd.”

Both chairs had clean cuts in their arms. Maxwell speculates that these cuts were made with a sharp tool, like a razor blade or box cutter.

Members of Reid staff are currently looking to see if they can find cloth that matches the cloth on the chairs. If they are successful, only one of the arms of the chairs will have to be reupholstered, potentially saving them money.

“We’ll cover the expenses by reallocating funds from the Reid Campus Center budget that could have been used towards other things,” Maxwell said.

In her email, she told students to report any further incidents like this to Reid staff.

“If it was an accident, then we would understand and wouldn’t expect the student to make retributions, but we just don’t know what happened,” Maxwell said.

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