attacked 2nd time
Unidentified intruders ripped down bulletin boards, ground brownies and fruit into carpeting, and scattered papers through Seashore Hall over the weekend, the second wave of vandalism to hit the building in less than a month, police said on Sunday.
UI police quickly cautioned,
however, that they have not established a link between the mess discovered
early Sunday morning and the Nov. 14 damage that shocked the university community,
casting a spotlight on the school's animal research. Authorities would not
rule out the possibility
The damage was "minor vandalism, primarily consisting of paper and bulletin boards being thrown to the floor in some of the corridors on several levels," said Charles Green, the UI assistant vice president for the UI police, in a press release Sunday afternoon.
Kevin Leicht, a UI sociology professor whose office is located in the vandalized northwest wing, said Seashore Hall is vulnerable to break-ins.
"This hasn't happened for a long time, but occasionally someone breaks into Seashore Hall from the fire escape located between it and Van Allen," he said. "And with some effort, you can get in through the windows."
The building's Instructional Technology Center, located in the basement, also allows for later access than do most buildings. The lab is open until 9 p.m. during the week, when the building is virtually empty.
"We're getting to the point where we need surveillance cameras, at least in the public areas," Leicht said.
UI police arrived at Seashore Hall around 7 a.m. Sunday and determined that the vandals had entered the first floor on the west side.
The northwest wing was locked on both sides, but a reporter peering through the door's window spotted pink and yellow papers littering the floor, two bulletin boards torn from the wall, and powdered sugar embedded in the carpet.
The break room, W117, was visibly ransacked, with food and papers scattered throughout the room. A refrigerator in the room probably contained most of the food thrown about the hall, Leicht said.
He said all the offices were locked, and none had been burglarized. Police found no vandalism or attempted entry into the portions of the building struck by the Animal Liberation Front, an extremist group that claimed responsibility for the November break-in.
Had the intruders broken into the northwest wing offices, most professors have made a habit of backing up their work on discs every day, said UI assistant sociology professor Rob Baller.
The Nov. 14 incident,
he said, has been "a lesson for us all."