Last Thursday night, two Ceres members were picked up by the police after they had sneaked into a KSV house and vandalized the place with ketchup.
The incident took place after a public party at KSV. According to their own account, the perpetrators wanted to enter the building but found the door locked. ‘Then we thought perhaps we could get in through the back. We found a door there that was wide open.’ Because it was the same building, the two thought it must be part of KSV. But when they sneaked in, it turned out to be a private dwelling. The two students, who want to remain anonymous, decided this would be an opportunity for a prank. ‘Then we took a ketchup bottle and smeared ketchup all over the kitchen. But one of the residents must have seen us because when we decided to leave, the door was locked on the outside. The police arrived at the door a little later and before we knew it we’d been picked up.’
The chair of KSV was soon on the scene. ‘The kitchen was smeared with a trail of ketchup over the walls and ceiling,’ he says in an email. ‘As these individuals were not entitled to enter the premises, we decided to call the police to make sure that the situation was dealt with correctly.’ He does not think the situation called for a frat solution: ‘We didn’t know what motive the individuals had for being in the house. The mess we found there didn’t exactly seem like a reason for coming up with a ‘fun’ solution.’ Furthermore, he says, the door was not wide open at all.
On reflection, the two intruders are not exactly happy with their behaviour. ‘We really regret this. We had not expected that anyone would call the police. We’ve learnt our lesson.’ The incident could have unpleasant consequences for the two as KSV has filed an official report with the police for vandalism and is leaving the police to deal with the matter. Ceres says it finds their behaviour irresponsible and has disassociated itself from the action.