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Five students arrested after engineering prank goes awry

University of B.C. engineering students were arrested when their annual prank ended up at the bottom of Burrard Inlet yesterday.

University of B.C. engineering students were arrested when their annual prank ended up at the bottom of Burrard Inlet yesterday.

Shortly after 4 a.m., the stu-dents attempted to lower the shell of a Volks-wagen Beetle down the side of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. One of the cables snapped and the car plunged into the water.

Vancouver police are recommending charges of mischief over $5,000.

According to Chris McCann, president of the Engineering Undergraduate Society at UBC, it’s been a tradition since 1981 to kick-off Engineering Week with a prank.

“Engineering students at UBC feel it’s a good way to showcase some ingenuity and creativity and to highlight some engineering structures and accomplishments,” he said.

Bruce Dunwoody, associate dean of engineering, said students had been more socially responsible in the past.

“This was not one of those incidences,” Dunwoody said. “One year they made a structure in front of the Vancouver food bank … and they donated a thousand cans that way.”

 
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