At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 26, Tara Carpenter heard a pounding knock on her front door. Upon opening it, she saw three policemen standing with two cellphones, proof that she and another individual broke into the John W. Hart Building earlier that night to go swimming.
“We weren’t trying to be rule breakers or anything. It just seemed exciting,” said Carpenter, a sophomore studying business.
The two girls were instructed on how to get into the Hart by an undisclosed source after Carpenter received a text earlier in the evening that said, “Hey, you guys want to go swimming in the Hart?” The evening soon changed shortly after their arrival.
“We set a time, ten minutes,” Carpenter said. “We had three minutes left when a guy walked in from the men’s locker room side.”
The person — whom Carpenter thought to be a security guard — shined his flashlight across the water, sending the girls into a panic.
In response, they got out of the pool and fled the scene, still in swimsuits and with clothes in hand, while being pursued.
They ran out the door and across the street.
Carpenter said they were traced for a short time from their wet footprints but on stepping onto the asphalt, their trail was lost.
“We were in our swimsuits running across the street. We hid in a stairwell,” Carpenter said.
After putting their clothes on over their still-wet swimsuits in the stairwell with the temperature in the low thirties, Carpenter said she came to a realization: in the commotion, they had left their phones at the pool.
A short time later, they made their way back to Carpenter’s apartment through an indirect route.
Although they were let off with a warning by the police, Carpenter and her cohort were required to talk with the Student Honor Office to get the situation righted and discuss a reasonable punishment for such behavior. After talking with the office, it took a few days to exact a punishment.
“I had another two or three days waiting thinking, ‘What are they going to say?’” Carpenter said.
She said tensions were high and thoughts of expulsion occied her mind.
“We had to talk to the honor code office and got 10 hours of community service. I have to complete my hours by Jan. 31,” Carpenter said.