February 15, 2012

Student victim of battery

A female student was the victim of battery just before 11 p.m. Monday after she was struck in the face by an unknown subject while leaving the Sharvey G. Umbeck Science and Mathematics Center (SMC), according to an alert sent out by Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf shortly after the incident.

The student was walking toward the Quads when she reportedly was being followed by four unknown subjects, who surrounded her and struck her in the face.

The student was not able to identify the subjects, aside from the basic description that they were young black males. She did not believe that they were Knox students.

After the initial report of the incident, some additional details on the incident came out, including that four males of the same description were seen near Knox and West streets just before the incident.

Schlaf also cautioned students about walking around campus alone at night, and he reminded students that though the student escort program is only offered during the weekends, students may call Campus Safety at any time for escort assistance.

The Galesburg Police Department has been notified of the incident, but they had not received any similar reports. In his alert, Schlaf encouraged anyone who may have observed the incident or similar activity to report it by any of the following means:

– Campus Safety Duty Officer: (309) 341-7979

– Email

– Campus Silent Witness Program

– Galesburg Police Department: (309) 343-9151 or 911

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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