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Baker 13 run leaves Sid Richardson College window shattered

By Amy Qin     10/17/18 12:45am

During the Baker 13 run last Saturday, an unnamed runner broke the window by the ramp entrance to the Sid Richardson College commons, according to Baker 13 captain Michael Price.

Approximately eight people were in attendance on Saturday’s run, according to Price, a Baker College sophomore. During the stop at Sid Richardson, Price said the group of runners split up around the building before he heard a shattering noise from the other side of the building.

“It looked like someone threw a rock at the window and hit it dead center,” Price said of the damage. “It obviously wasn’t a rock though.”

After surveying the damage done to both the building and the butt — the runner’s rear end was bleeding — Price said the students went back to Baker and called Emergency Medical Services.

The onus of covering repair costs will fall on the runner who broke the window, although Price said he, as well as the larger Baker community, will help. On Tuesday, the runner who broke the window set up the Venmo account @Baker13 and started soliciting donations, according to a Facebook post. According to the Rice University Police Department, the estimated cost will be around $2,500.

Price said he has not yet heard from Housing and Dining regarding possible repercussions to Baker 13 as a result of the accident, although he hopes they will only issue a warning. Housing and Dining declined the Thresher’s request to comment.

In the last 10 years, there have been at least four instances of broken windows resulting from Baker 13 runs, two of which occurred in the past year. 

In 2008, $3,000 of damage was caused to a first-floor window in Fondren Library. Three years later, another Fondren window was broken, this time costing $15,000. 

After the second incident, university administration banned Fondren from Baker 13 runners, a change that has remained in place since, according to Price.

Last April, Will Cleland, then a senior at Baker, broke a smaller window at Will Rice College and successfully raised the $500 repair cost by soliciting donations from students through Venmo, according to a Facebook post made by Cleland.

Price said he hopes the window-breaking incidents will not discourage people from running Baker 13.

“It’s a once-in a lifetime opportunity,” Price said. “Hopefully we can have a safe, fun Halloween run in two weeks.”

This article was updated Oct. 19 to reflect RUPD’s comment on the cost.

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