News Briefs, Week of Feb. 23

By Sarah Richards
Sun Star Reporter

More of the ice pack lost: this time at Patty Ice Arena

The Patty Ice Arena was closed early last week after manager Tom Robinson noticed a hole in the rink, leading to the discovery of a refrigerant leak. The following day, Facilities Services began preparing for repair by removing the ice, and hope to fix the leak as soon as possible.

The ice arena was built in 1979, has 1,300 seats, and is used regularly by various community groups, as well as the university’s ice sports teams. The groups have been notified of the closure, which will be in effect until further notice.

Crime goes down: Chief cites better kids

A decline in on-campus crime has UAF Chief of Police Sean McGee, thinking there are “a good group of kids” enrolled at the university this year.

Last year UAF police made just 220 arrests, down from 245 arrests in 2008 and 315 in 2007. Even more noteworthy is the decrease in burglary reports, going from 30 reports in 2007 to just four last year.

McGee said that a more active police department might be partly responsible for the decline, but felt that it is most likely due to well-behaved students.

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