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verdict: RESPONSIB



Student Conduct found sophomore Kristiana Lapo responsible for theft of Pacifc Lutheran University property April 23, following an article in The Mooring Mast in which she admitted to having once taken food back to her room from one of PLU’s all-you-careto-eat dinner swipes. However, as Lapo argued in her hearing, taking food from a dinner swipe was not defined as theft in any documentation at the time of her charge. Jack Sorensen FOCUS EDITOR


Responsible. That was the verdict Student Conduct delivered sophomore Kristiana Lapo—conduct’s way of saying guilty. Lapo had assisted the March 23 Focus section in a story regarding the rising theft rates in Old Main Market and the University Center cafeteria, titled “PLU students swipe without swiping.� In an effort to provoke thoughtful inquiry and discussion, the Mast attempted to include as many opinions on the subject as possible. Director of Dining and Culinary Services Erin McGinnis was one of the primary sources and shared valuable insights into her definitions of food theft at PLU. But there was one area of contention: all-you-care-to-eat dinner swipes. Lapo and other students argued that since a dinner swipe costs $10.75 per dinner, students ought to be allowed to take food back to their rooms. In an effort to share her perspective, Lapo asserted it is impossible for her to consume almost $11 worth of dinner, so she did not see the harm in leaving with a bowl of cereal or something equally insignificant. The university disagreed. Student Conduct charges were swift. In less than a week, Lapo was informed she was being charged with “admitting to stealing in the newspaper.� The narrative of the conduct procedures are extensive, but the plot ends with Lapo being found responsible for theft of PLU property




Removing food from all-youcare-to-eat dinner swipes is theft.

According to all meal agreement forms and dining signs posted as of April 20, there was no policy related to taking food from PLU dinner swipes. Prior to Lapo’s April 20 hearing, all documentation ran contrary to Student Conduct’s finding. To be found guilty of a crime, there must be regulations restricting action. Here is the evidence:


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Editor’s Note: The Mooring Mast editorial board published an editorial on April 13 reflecting its dissatisfaction with the Student Conduct charges levelled against Lapo. Our collective bias is clear.

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Issue 19 - April 27, 2012  

Issue 19 of The Mooring Mast - April 27, 2012

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