False fire alarm empties Cooper

Cooper Hall was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a student’s book bag accidentally hooked onto a fire alarm and pulled it, according to University Police.

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. and delayed classes for about 20 minutes.

Outside, students didn’t know the cause of the alarm but didn’t seem to mind the holdup.

“It’s not that bad, four times in four years,” said senior Christopher Graffeo, who was in a British literature class when the alarm sounded. “In high school it would be like four times a month.”

Some professors continued their lectures outside but most just waited it out. For one, it provided a change of pace.

“After it happened, it wasn’t that exciting,” said Justin Jones, a graduate teaching assistant of World Religion. “But in the heat of the moment, you’re looking for the guy with the bomb.”

– Staff Report