True Crime on Campus §29: Bins and Quidditch

More unlikely but true crime on campus

There can be some testing incidents on campus sometimes. However, our excellent Security staff are usually up for any kind of challenge – no matter how strange:

2020 Report of a damaged window Hugh Stewart Hall Security attended. The damage had been caused by Students climbing out of a window the Hall Warden and Manager to be informed.

0540 Request to unlock Cavendish Hall for Staff as the person responsible for this had misplaced their car keys and would be late arriving to unlock. Security attended and provided access to Staff.

19:00 Security reported a group of youths on BMX bicycles between the Geospatial building and the Energy Technology building at Jubilee Campus. The youths were asked to leave and they complied. It was also reported that two wooden platforms were in position which appeared to be for use of bicycle tricks. The wooden platforms were overturned by Security to prevent them from being used for this.

11:00 Security accompanied a member of staff to a room at Nottingham Medical School to retrieve his confidential paperwork. The paperwork was found in the place that he had left it and the room was secured.

1145 Patrol Security Officers observed a cloud of red smoke outside the Portland Building. Officers went to investigate and watched as a cash in transit Guard ran up out of the building to his vehicle with a cash box with red smoke coming from it. Security Officers spoke to Staff in the area and were informed that the Guard had been collecting money from the Building when the box had activated causing the Guard to run from the Building.

1550 Patrol Security Officers observed a bin on fire outside the Humanities Building. The cause of the fire was due to a disposable BBQ being put in the bin while still burning. Officers put the fire out – Estates Help Desk to be informed.

Picture fire

1525 Report of a cigarette bin on fire outside Si Yuan Building. Security attended and put the fire out.

0645 Report of male acting suspiciously on Jubilee Avenue. Security attended.

0945 Report of a Dog running loose on Beeston Lane. Security attended.

1200 Report of a male hiding in bushes. Security attended and spoke to the male. As he had no connection to the University and had been drinking he was told to leave the Campus.

1425 Report of an HGV broken down on the roundabout outside of West Entrance. Police on scene. Security attended to assist with traffic control coming onto Campus.

1830 Report of brown water coming out of the taps at College Road. Security contacted Severn Trent who advised the Tenant to run the taps for 20 minutes after which the water became clear.

1332 Report of a dog running loose on the grassed area adjacent to DHL. Security attended and an Officer caught the dog but the Council were unable to collect the Dog until Monday. The Officer who caught the Dog decided to take the animal home until it could be collected by the Council.

Very dangerous indeed

Very dangerous indeed


1225 Report of a person with a suspected broken ankle on the Downs. Security attended. While dealing with the injured person another person fell injuring their ankle. Both Students were taken to Hospital by Ambulance. Both Students were injured while playing Quidditch.

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Quidditch World Cup 2013 update

Pottering in the sun

The Huffington Post carries a top sports story on the recent Quidditch World Cup held in Florida:

the majority of teams competing at this level have official uniforms names paying homage to the book series, like the Silicon Valley Skrewts and the Melbourne Manticores.

31Ljvaa4ynL._SL500_Spectators will find many of the same features from the books. Players throw balls or “quaffles” through ringed hoops for points and even can chase and capture the “snitch” to end matches.

And in case any Harry Potter diehards are wondering, yes, all the players also must maneuver around on broomsticks during gameplay. Much like the ability to dunk a basketball is restricted to a gifted few, however, real-life quidditch players have yet to take flight.

A previous post noted the popularity of quidditch in UK universities and its value as a recruitment tool. It seems though that the US, as host to the ‘world cup’ is leading the way in international quidditch competition. Or were there British teams there?

Surprising University Recruitment Tools

An unusual attractor for the University of Nottingham.

In these highly competitive times with fierce battles being fought between institutions to attract students it is sometimes surprising which factors are influential with prospective students. Entirely anecdotally and picked up from student comments online and on open days it does seem that the very existence of the Quidditch and Harry Potter Society at the University of Nottingham has a profound influence on some students’ choices. So, it’s more than just reputation, high league table rankings, award winning campuses, wonderful facilities, international study opportunities, outstanding staff that makes the difference. Yes, to really seal the deal you have to have a society based on a fictional game involving broomsticks.

But, as the details of the society indicate there is a lot more to this than just Quidditch:

Welcome to the Quidditch and Harry Potter Society (also known as Quidditch Soc)!

Our mission is simple: to organise events and activities based around our love for the Harry Potter novels (and films). We will have lots of big events coming up. We hope to see you there!

Quidditch every single week! Turn up whenever you can (even if it’s raining — we’ll go to Mooch if everyone’s too disgruntled about the weather) and we’ll play some practice house games for an hour or two. Very beginner-friendly with lots of rules explanation and non-serious mucking around.

See also the Facebook page.

I think this is just terrific and long may the society continue. Intrigued to know though if anyone else has noticed this positive impact or any other surprising university recruitment tools.