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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 24, 1999 - 5

Bomb threats
plague Florida
universitieS

Bus fuss

I Jacob Ogles
lie Oracle
TAMPA, Fla. (U-WIRE) - Campus
police around Florida got a taste of
unwelcome deja vu Wednesday.
At University of South Florida, a
bomb threat on the library was made
Wednesday morning, just two weeks
after a similar threat.
After the call, University Police
swept the library and the College of
J edicine library only to find the
reats were unfounded.
At Florida A&M University,. police
weren't so lucky. At 10:47 a.m.
Wednesday a small pipe bomb went off
in a bathroom in the Tallahassee univer-
sity: The bomb was the second of its kind
in a month. No one was injured in either
explosion, but FAMU classes were can-
celed for the duration of the day.
FAMU received a second threat
ednesday, but no bomb was found.
Adam Herbert, chancellor of the State
University' System, issued a statement
Wednesday afternoon sternly criticizing
the attacks on the FAMU campus.
.This type of behavior cannot be tol-
erated in a civilized society," he said. "Il
encourage anyone who has information
regarding either of the bombings to
contact law enforcement agencies
immediately."
Sgt. Mike Klingebiel, spokesperson

for USF's University Police, said no one
could assume a connection with the
USF bomb threats and FAMU bomb-
ings without further investigation.
"We'd be reaching to draw any corre-
lation," he said. "That would be pure
speculation on our part."
Klingebiel said the bomb threat on
USF Wednesday came early morning.
As a result, the library was forced to
open a half-hour late.
The bomb at FAMU exploded in a
first-floor restroom of Paige Hall, caus-
ing part of the ceiling in the restroom to
collapse, FAMU spokesperson Eddie
Jackson told The Associated Press.
"This appears to be a bigger explo-
sion than before," he said.
On Aug. 31, a similar bomb detonat-
ed on a first-floor restroom at Lee Hall,
a FAMU administration building. In
that explosion, the only damage done
was to paint in the restroom.
Threats for both FAMU explosions
were called in to WTXL-TV, the
Tallahassee ABC affiliate.
In the first threat, a racial slur was
used, according to the station's assign-
ment editor. FAMU is a traditionally
black university.
The day of the first explosion at
FAMU, USF's University Police swept
the administration building on the
Tampa campus as a precaution.

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Thieves
use tunnel
to steal
computers
By Colina Avila
The Round Up
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (U-WIRE)-
Five men are still awaiting trial afr
allegedly burglarizing several New
Mexico State University buildings by
way of an underground tunnel system
on campus.
Former NMSU student David
Burgess along with Las Cruces res-
idents Rick Sarracino; Joseph
Washburn, and Peter Gonzalez hive
been charged with several counts of
burglary, said Lt. Dominic King of
the NMSU Police Department.
They were arrested March 27 "by
NMSU police and are suspected of steal-
ing several computers, televisions and
other electronic items from various cam-
pus buildings, King said.
The suspects allegedly entered the
buildings through a system of under-
ground tunnels.
They had broken into the tunnels
on several different occasions, King
said.
The tunnels run about two and a llf
miles underground and connect sevejal
of the buildings on campus.
The tunnels were built about {40
years ago and are used for deliver-
ing thermal utilities such as high
pressure steam and chilled water,
said Ben Woods, NMSU vice presi-
dent for facilities.
"Students walk above these tunnej]s
everyday. They are strictly for utility
purposes and can be very dangerous;'
Woods said.
If convicted, this would be the first
time an organized group has used the
tunnels to break into campus buildings,
King said.
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MSU police identify body found in basement

By Jeremy W. Steele
TheState News
EAST LANSING (U-WIRE) --The body of a
former Michigan State University student was dis-
vered at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of
uth Wonders Residence Hall. A hall employee
found the body while investigating the source of a
strong odor
Police tentatively identified the body
Wednesday evening but are not releasing the name
until family has been notified, said MSU police
Capt. Tony Kleibecker.
"He is not a student now," Kleibecker said. "But
has been in the past."
The body of a male in his early 20s was found
in a kitchen area, once used as a snack bar,
e ibecker said. The kitchen, reportedly inaccessi-
ble to students, is adjacent to a study room, he said.

Police are labeling the death as suspicious, but
detectives have not found signs of foul play.
"The body has been there for some time,"
Kleibecker said soon after the body was discov-
ered. "And at this point it's difficult to determine
race and sex even."
An autopsy will be performed this morning to
determine the cause of death, Kleibecker said.
The area of the basement where the body was
discovered will be closed off until investigators are
finished, he said. The South Wonders basement
also houses storage rooms, laundry facilities and a
fitness room.
About 600 students live in each of Wonders' two
wings.
Residents had complained of a strange odor in
the south lobby and near a stairwell leading to the
basement and cafeteria for several days.

MSU senior Emily Schwab, who worked as a
Wonders security guard during the summer, said
the kitchen where the body was found is normally
kept locked.
"I was in that little kitchen area many times"
Schwab said, adding she hasn't been in the room
since mid-August.
The kitchen does not have any outside windows,
and there is only a small opening between the
kitchen and adjacent study room, she said.
"It's like a little drive-up window" she said.
"You couldn't get through it."
MSU first-year student Julia Woerle said she
noticed a bad odor Wednesday while at her class in
Wonders.
"I never would have thought it was a body," she
said. "It was just a really bad smell."
Woerle said she hadn't noticed the odor Tuesday

when she had class in Wonders, but said some of
her friends had.
"No one knew what it was," she said.
Several classes held in Wonders were canceled
or moved to other rooms Wednesday afternoon.
MSU President M. Peter McPherson said
Wednesday evening he did not know how the body
got into Wonders, but students should not feel in
danger because of this death.
"I don't think ... what we have here is anything
to suspect there is any danger involved,"
McPherson said.
MSU first-year student Becky Smialek, who
lives on the third floor of South Wonders, said she
noticed a strange odor for the last several days.
"It's really, really freaky," Smialek said. "I was
down there (in the basement) writing a paper at 1l
last night."

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