Waste basket fire in Kauke Hall

There is no indication that this was related to Monday’s bomb threats, but given heightened sensitivities on campus, when a fire truck arrived outside Kauke Hall this afternoon, the following email was sent to all students, faculty and staff at 12:50 p.m.:

A bit before 12:30 p.m. today, a student discovered a small trash can fire in a second floor men’s room in Kauke Hall and immediately notified Security and Protective Services. The building was evacuated, Wooster police and fire units responded, and the fire was quickly extinguished. There is some minor smoke damage in the men’s room, but nothing more. The building will reopen shortly and 1 p.m. classes will go on as scheduled. 

Kauke did reopen at 1 p.m. and classes proceeded on schedule.

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A Message to Campus from President Georgia Nugent

The following email was sent to the campus community earlier this afternoon:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I want to take just a moment to thank you all for your response to yesterday’s events. Your cooperation, resilience, and good spirits during a very challenging, very long day represented Wooster at its best. 

The Wooster police continue their investigation into the two threats which, as they noted yesterday afternoon, they believe are related. They have been in contact with the FBI and are following up on a number of leads. We are grateful for all they have done and are doing to ensure our safety and to identify the source of those threats. As they release new information, we will share those updates with the campus community. 

Today, we are glad to be back about our business of liberal education, and I wish you all well as you finish out your classes this semester and prepare for exams. 

President Nugent

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Buildings cleared, classes resume tomorrow

WOOSTER, Dec. 7, 2015 – Here is the latest update on the bomb threat situation.

Police and canine units have completed their sweeps of Taylor and Kauke halls and found nothing. Classes remain cancelled and academic buildings closed for the remainder of today.

Tomorrow morning, classes will resume and all buildings will reopen at their usual times. The last week of classes and final exams will proceed as scheduled. Access to all campus buildings for all faculty, students and staff will be by card swipe only until further notice.

The Wooster Police Department will continue to maintain a presence on campus, and their investigation of these incidents continues. According to Chief Matt Fisher, the detective bureau is following up on several leads. A statement from the Wooster PD follows:

Statement from Wooster Police Department (12.7.15, 3 p.m.):

“Since the early morning hours of Monday, December 7, the Wooster Police Department has responded to the College of Wooster for two separate bomb threats. It is believed that the two threats are related. The second threat specifically mentioned two academic buildings on the campus, Taylor Hall and Kauke Hall, both of which were searched with the help of bomb-sniffing dogs from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, Canton Police Department and The Ohio State University.  Nothing has been found, and the time given in the threat has passed without incident.

“The Wooster Police Department Detective Bureau continues to investigate this matter and is following up on several leads.

Chief Matt Fisher of the Wooster Police Department commented: ‘The safety and security of the college community is something we take very seriously, and we will continue to investigate this matter until it is fully resolved.  We will use every tool at our disposal to bring to justice the person or persons responsible. This event has utilized multiple resources, and we sincerely appreciate the cooperation from the college, and our local and federal law enforcement partners.'”

Anyone with any information that might be related to these bomb threats should contact Security and Protective Services at x2590, or the anonymous tip line at x2337.

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College receives two bomb threats; classes today cancelled

WOOSTER, Dec. 7, 2015 – Last night the college received a bomb threat directed against our libraries. Our Security and Protective Services officers immediately evacuated all three libraries and notified the Wooster police who conducted a thorough search of the buildings using explosive detection canine units. Nothing was found during their sweep of the buildings and a follow-up notification to that effect went out to campus at approximately 5:30 a.m.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning, a second bomb threat was received, this one naming Taylor and Kauke halls. Both have been evacuated. All classes on campus today are being cancelled and academic buildings closed. Lowry Center and Scot Center will remain open with security officers at the entrance.

Wooster police are on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

We will provide more information as we have it.

 

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College closed until noon today due to icing

WOOSTER, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2014 – Due to icing conditions The College of Wooster will be closed until noon today.  Core services will be maintained, but classes and events before noon are canceled.  Further updates will follow if weather conditions warrant.

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Thursday’s Jazz Ensemble concert postponed

The Wooster Jazz Ensemble concert scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) night has been postponed because the guest soloist can’t get out of Chicago, where the weather’s even worse than here. The concert will be rescheduled at a date to be determined later.

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Tonight’s basketball games @ Hiram postponed

The Fighting Scots men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled for tonight at Hiram College have been postponed until tomorrow due to the weather. The women will tip off at 6 p.m. Thursday, the men at 8 p.m.

More details here.

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Lowry dining hall is open

Despite the storm, the Lowry Center dining hall is open today with full service during its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MacLeod’s Coffee Bar & Convenience Store will be open until 1 p.m., while Mom’s will open at 11 a.m. for lunch and operate at least until early afternoon (later if staff can get in to campus).

Kittredge, the Tartan Room, and Pop’s Sub Stop are all closed today.

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College closed today, Feb. 2

The College of Wooster will be closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 2, due to the impact of the ice storm. All classes are cancelled and all college offices will be closed. Only those college personnel necessary for emergency response duty will report to work.

Please remain indoors and off the roads as conditions are expected to be hazardous today.

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Winter storm preparations

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Wooster area, which remains in effect through 7 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 2. A mix of sleet, freezing rain, and snow will develop this evening and continue through the day tomorrow. Accumulations of a half inch or more of ice are expected overnight, and American Electric Power is anticipating power outages throughout northeast Ohio.

The college’s emergency response planning group continues to monitor the situation and plans are in place to deal with the storm’s impact on campus. Updates will be provided as necessary through the college’s emergency notification system of text and voice messages and e-mail, as well as on this blog.

Please use common sense and exercise caution if you are moving around campus during the storm.

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