This is okay:
This is not okay:
An Ithaca College freshman has been charged with arson following an investigation into a series of fires in trash and recycling bins near residence halls, the college announced Tuesday.
No one was hurt, but the fires destroyed the receptacles, according to the college.
Alexander Carfi, 18, of Roslyn Heights, was arrested by the college Office of Public Safety and charged with one count of fourth-degree arson, a class E felony, and one misdemeanor count each of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned in Ithaca Town Court and released on his own recognizance.
The charge relates to a fire reported at 2:58 a.m. Nov. 9 that damaged the northern exterior of Emerson Hall. In consultation with the Tompkins County district attorney’s office, the college is considered misdemeanor-level fifth-degree arson in other fires: 4:14 a.m. Sept. 7 and 12:29 a.m. Sept. 9 at Emerson Hall, 2:36 a.m. Sept. 30 at Landon Hall, and 2:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Clarke Hall. Suspicious fires were also reported in the early-morning hours of Oct. 5 in the fire lane between Landon and Bogart Halls, and on the east side of Eastman Hall.
Carfi, who lived in Emerson Hall, has been removed from campus, according to the college. The investigation, conducted with assistance from the Ithaca Fire Department, is continuing and additional criminal charges are possible, according to the college.
I.C. seems to just have really bad luck with anything fire-related. During the summer of 2008, I had the luck (good or bad?) of being one of the hundreds if not thousands of spectators who watched the roof of the brand new I.C. business school catch fire when embers from fireworks lit up the grass roof during the 4th of July festivities.
In conclusion, make pies, not fires. Hopefully we’ll get a real entry up sometime soon.